Question by Umer: Togo will play in African cup of Nations in Tribute to those killed……..?
Togo’s football team has decided to play in the Africa Cup of Nations, even though the government withdrew it after a deadly attack on Friday, players say.
Thomas Dossevi told the AFP news agency the players wanted to stay in Angola to honour the three people who were killed when rebels fired on their bus.
L’Equipe quoted Alaixys Romao as saying the team would not leave like cowards.
“We are all heartbroken, it is no longer a party, but we want to show our national colours, our values and that we are men,” said Thomas Dossevi.
“It was a decision taken nearly unanimously by the team which met during the night after having been reassured by the Angolan authorities,” he added.
Alaixys Romao also said the decision had been unanimous.
“We have just had a meeting of the whole delegation and we will be on the pitch on Monday to face Ghana,” he said.
“People have died for the Africa Cup of Nations, others have been injured. We can’t let them down and leave like cowards,” he added.
“If we stay here it’s for them, but also not to give any satisfaction to the rebels. Our government does not necessarily agree with us but we are all determined to play this competition.”
Thats indeed great spirit shown by the Togo team and we must appreciate this gesture by the Togo team forgot what Adebayor did before he has made everyone proud by such a brave step.
Answer by NicK – wise beard man
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Originally posted 2011-08-29 04:16:14.