Togo consider quitting African Nations Cup after machine gun horror

TOGO were today preparing to announce whether they will continue in the African Nations Cup after yesterday's armed attack on their team bus in Angola.

Emmanuel Adebayor has admitted many of his Togo team-mates wanted to quit the tournament following the attack in which two players were shot and their bus driver was killed.

The Manchester City striker, who revealed the attack en route to the team's base in the Cabinda province lasted 30 minutes, was convening a team meeting as captain last night at which the squad were set to discuss whether they stay in Angola or return to their clubs.

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He said: "I think a lot of players want to leave, I don't think they want to be at this tournament any more because they have seen their death already.

"Most of the players want to go back to their family. No-one can sleep after what they have seen. They have seen one of their team-mates have a bullet in his body, who is crying, who is losing consciousness and everything.

"Everyone will go to their room, they will rest and we will see.

"We will make a decision which is good for our life.

Adebayor added: "We are still in shock. If the security is not sure then we will be leaving. I don't think they will be ready to give their life.

"We will discuss everything as a team and we will take a decision that we think is good for our career, is good for our life and good for our family."

Serge Akakpo and Kodjovi Obilale were confirmed by their clubs – Romanian club Vaslui and French club GSI Pontivy respectively – as the players injured in the attack. The incident shocked football worldwide with governing body FIFA releasing a statement that read: "FIFA and its president, Joseph S. Blatter, are deeply moved by the incidents which affected Togo's national team, to whom they express their utmost sympathy.

"FIFA is in touch with the African Football Confederation (CAF) and its president, Issa Hayatou, from which it expects a full report on the situation."

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