Seven Injured, Driver Dead as Togo team attacked in Angola

Shocking news coming out of Africa prior to the Cup of African Nations starting on Sunday. The Togolese national team have been attacked by Angolan rebels on the border with the Congo. The attack happened just after players entered Cabinda, one of the four tournament host venues.

Kodjovi Obilalé, goalkeeper, one of the shot

Two players are reported injured, along with an assistant coach, a team doctor and a journalist, whilst the coach driver has been killed. It has been said the players are goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilalé and defender Serge Akakpo. Premier League stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Moustapha Salifou are unharmed, but obviously shaken by the terrible events.

Akakpo the other injured player

The attack happened around 3.15pm just after players entered Cabinda, witnesses said that the attack was very violent and the team could only protect themselves by lying down in the coach for twenty minutes under the seats to avoid the bullets.

Alaixis Romao, Togo and Grenoble player said to reporters; “We are not thinking about possible actions yet, but it’s true no one wants to play,” he said. “We are not capable. Before everything we have to think of the health of our injured. There was a lot of blood on the floor. We haven’t had a lot of updates about their health since they were dispatched to local hospitals. In this case, we think of families, of the people we love because we really could have died there.”

The BBC has more with the Togo players talking about the attack.

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