Togo Football Team Kicked out of 2 Africa Cup Tournaments

World | January 30, 2010, Saturday // 16:06|  views

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Togo National soccer team media officer Stanislas Ocloo during his funeral at the Palais des Congres in Lome. Photo by BGNES

Togo’s national football team has been penalized to not take part in the next two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, announced the news Saturday, cited by the Bulgarian news agency BGNES.

Hayatou based the decision on what he says was government interference with Togo’s resolution to withdraw from the 2010 tournament in Angola after a terrorist attack on the bus carrying the team.

The attack happened January 9 in Cabinda when machine gun fire struck the bus, which was taking the players to their game with Ghana. The Assistant Coach and the Director of Communications were killed.

The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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