January 10, 2010 / 1:48 PM / in 9 years

Adebayor says Togo soccer team will return to Togo

Togo's national team (Back L-R) Kodjovi Dodji Obilale, Senah Mango, Mohammed Abdel Kader Toure, Thomas Dossevi, Dare Nibombe, Emmanuel Adebayor, (Front L-R), Euloge Ahodikpe, Assimiou Toure, Serge Akakpo, Jacques Romao, Moustapha Salifou pose for a photograph before their World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match against Morocco at the Kegue stadium in Lome, in this September 6, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon/Files

PARIS (Reuters) - Togo’s national soccer squad will return to Togo and not compete in Africa’s biggest soccer tournament, Emmanuel Adebayor, the team’s captain, told French radio RMC on Sunday.

“We had a meeting between players yesterday (Saturday) and we told ourselves we were football players and decided to do something nice for our country by playing to pay tribute to those who died,” Adebayor told RMC.

“Unfortunately, the head of state and the country’s authorities have made a different decision, so we will pack and go home.”

Togo’s team to the African Cup of Nations was ambushed by rebels on Friday as it drove on a bus through Angola’s Cabinda enclave. The driver was killed as was a press officer and the assistant coach. Seven people were wounded, including two players.

Editing by Matthew Jones

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