Togo players leave as African Cup of Nations starts

Sunday, 10 January 2010 ·

The players of Togo's African Cup of Nations squad will fly home today after being told by the organiser's that it would be in their best interests to return home.  This comes after the Togo team bus was attacked by Angolan rebels killing three and injuring nine others.
There have been calls for the tournament to be called off amidst such a terrible act of cruelty and violence, with the Togo players (whom Emmanuel Adebayor of Man City captains) being most vocal in their wishes to have the tournament cancelled,.  After the attack, the Togo
players fearfully refused to take part in the competition (can you blame then?) but had a change of heart after a team meeting when it was decided that if they were already there then they should play.  After meeting with officials, however, this decision was overturned and the players ordered to return home.
Despite the attack, carried out by a separatist group called The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, the city of Cabinda (where the attack took place) will continue as a host city.


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