Adebayor says team wants to leave


LONDON, January 9 – Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor said many of his teammates wanted to leave the African Nations Cup after a gunman opened fire on the bus carrying the team to the tournament in Angola on Friday.The Manchester City striker told BBC Radio Five Live in Britain he would convene a team meeting at which the squad would discuss whether to stay in Angola or return to their clubs.

Two players suffered bullet wounds and a driver was killed as shots were fired at the Togo team’s vehicles as they crossed into the troubled Angolan province of Cabinda from Congo-Brazzaville.

Adebayor told the BBC: "I think a lot of players want to leave, I don’t think they want to be at this tournament any more because they have seen their death already.

"Most of the players want to go back to their family. No-one can sleep after what they have seen today.

"They have seen one of their team-mates have a bullet in his body, who is crying, who is losing consciousness and everything.

"So we will have a good meeting tonight, everyone will go to their room, they will rest and we will see tomorrow morning. We will make a decision which is good for our life."

Adebayor, who Angolan television showed looking dazed and in tears shortly after the attack, added: "We are still in shock. If the security is not sure then we will be leaving tomorrow.

"I don’t think they will be ready to give their life. We will discuss everything as a team and we will take a decision that we think is good for our career, is good for our life and good for our family."

The two injured players were goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale and defender Serge Akakpo, squad member Thomas Dossevi told AFP.

Togo were due to play their first match in the tournament against Ghana in Cabinda on Monday.

The armed wing of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), embroiled in a decades-long separatist struggle, claimed responsibility in a statement cited by Portugal’s Lusa news agency.