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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Togo pull out of African Nations Cup

Togo have withdrawn from the African Nations Cup in Angola following the terrorist attack on their team bus.

The death toll has now reportedly risen to three after the bus came under machine gunfire on Friday. On Friday night it was confirmed that the bus driver was killed in the attack, while reports from France on Saturday said an assistant coach and a press officer had also died.

It had just crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

Togo's first game in the tournament had been scheduled to take place on Monday against Ghana, but the players and officials are now heading home to their families.

Organisers have so far insisted the tournament will go ahead.

The Confederation of African Football held an emergency meeting last night and released a statement where they talked about taking "decisions to guarantee the smooth running of the competition".

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