World Cup finalists Togo have appointed German Otto Pfister as their new national coach in place of Nigerian Stephen Keshi following the team’s poor performance at the African Nations Cup.

“We signed a short-term contract with Otto Pfister at the weekend,” Togolese Football Federation president Rock Gnassingbe said.

“The contract will cover the World Cup period and could be extended if the results at the World Cup are good.”

Pfister, 67, has been coach of the former Zaire and Ghana and has also worked in Egypt and Tunisia.

Keshi, Nigeria’s captain at the 1994 World Cup finals, was praised for steering Togo to their first ever World Cup qualification but was heavily criticised after Togo lost their three matches at the African Nations Cup in Egypt last month.

Keshi fell out with leading striker Emmanuel Adebayor on the eve of the tournament.