Togo team bus hit by gun attack Emmanuel Adebayor Shaken

January 8, 2010 | Filed Under: Blog, World Box 
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togo bus attack Togo national team has reportedly come under attack from gunfire in Angola.Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor was unharmed after the bus carrying the Togo national team came under attack from gunfire in Angola.

According to reports the bus driver was killed and two Togo players and two medics suffered injuries during the attack.

But City have revealed in a statement that Adebayor was uninjured, although “shaken” by the incident.

Midfielder Alaixys Romao admits the players feared the worst and thinks Togo are now likely to pull out of the tournament.
We’re not thinking yet of what could happen,” said the Grenoble player. “But it’s true that no-one wants to play.“We’re not capable of it.

“We’re thinking first of all about the health of our injured because there was a lot of blood on the ground.

“For the moment there is not much news because they have been taken to different hospitals.

“In cases like these we’re thinking of those near us, of those we love because that really could have been the end of us.”

Those injured also include team doctors. The identities of the injured are not known.Competition officials described the attackers as armed robbers

Thomas Dossevi told  a France RMC radio that several players were “in a bad state”.

“We were machine-gunned, like dogs,” he said. “At the border with Angola – machine-gunned! I don’t know why. I thought it was some rebels. We were under the seats of the bus for 20 minutes, trying to get away from the bullets.”

Aston Villa’s Moustapha Salifou was also on the bus is shaken but unhurt ( aston villa confirm)

Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale of French amateur side GSI Pontivy and Serge Akakpo of Romanian Vaslui were among the injured in the incident , Thomas Dossevi of French second division side Nantes told AFP.

“One of them (Akakpo) took a bullet in the back and the other (Obilale) was hit in the kidneys,” Dossevi told 

Togo’s football team will now not compete at the African Cup of Nations in Angola after a machine-gun attack on their team bus.
 
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