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Togo National Soccer Team Withdraws From African Cup After Attack January 10, 2010

Posted by bigworldcentral in Uncategorized.
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Hosting the African Cup of Nations was Angola’s chance to show it is compensating from decades of war, but tragedy struck as gunmen showered bullets at Togo’s national team, killing three people and forcing its withdrawal from the soccer tournament.

Africa’s main soccer tournament was assumed to open as arranged on Sunday, even though players from other countries showed shock at the unexpected attack on the Togo team bus as it traveled through Angola’s restive oil-rich Cabinda province. In South Africa, the local organizing committee of the World Cup said the ambush had no relevance to the approaching global sports event that starts in June. Spokesman Rich Mkhondo said FIFA views Friday’s attack as an isolated incident which could have happened anywhere on the planet.

The attack in Angola, an earlier Portuguese colony, killed an assistant coach, a team spokesperson and the bus driver, according to the team and the Togolese government.

The violence came as unexpected because unrest associated with Cabinda, a northern enclave cut off from the rest of Angola by a strip of Congo, has been at low levels. The main separatist group is the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, or FLEC. The Angolan information minister accused the group for the attack. Rest of the story.

Well, what do you guys think?

Credit to Foxnews for the information and the picture.

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