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