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Togo bus attacked in Angola – Driver dead, 4 others injured

January 8, 2010

Two players of the Togo national football team have been reported injured and the driver of the bus dead as unknown gunmen open fire on their bus in Cabinda. The Sparrows arrived in the country ahead of the African Cup Nations.

The Togolese football federation vice president, Gabriel Ameyi, has confirmed that, goalkeeper Obilale Kossi and central defender Serge Akakpo were among those hurt. Two medics who are apart of their entourage to the competition have also been reported injured. “The Angolan driver was killed on the spot,” the Togolese official told Reuters.

“I am fine but several players are in a bad way,” FC Nantes striker Thomas Dossevi told Radio Monte Carlo.”We are still at hospital. We were attacked like dogs and had to hide for 20 minutes under the seats to avoid the bullets. We were shot, although we had two police coaches on our sides. There are two injured players and also some staff.”

The Angolan minister in charge of affairs in Cabinda, Antonio Bento Bembe, has described the attack as an act of terrorism.

The tournaments kicks off on Sunday and Togo is schdeule to play the Black Stars of Ghana on Monday, 11th of January. This development is likely to throw the continent’s biggest sports festival in jeopardy. We wait to see the reaction of the continents football governing body, The Confederation of African Football, on the incident.

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Togo Team attacked in Cabinda, Angola (Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-s_r/2708945314/)

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