Togo suspended for next two Africa Nations Cup   2010-01-31 07:57:29 FeedbackPrintRSS

LUANDA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Football ( CAF) announced decision on Saturday to ban Togo from the next two African Nations Cup for their withdrawal from this year's Cup after a terrorist attack on their team bus.

CAF president Issa Hayatou explained the decision was based on "governmental interference" for Togo's pullout.

Togo quit the 2010 edition after two members of their delegation were shot and killed during the ambush on the team convoy as it arrived in the restive Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

The armed wing of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), embroiled in a decades-long separatist struggle, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Togo, captained by Manchester City star Emmanuel Adebayor, initially wanted to compete in Group B with Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso, but quit on their national government's orders.

They left Cabinda to return home on the evening of the start of the competition on Jan. 10.

Togo midfielder Dossevi said Togo should appeal against the ban.

Families of the assistant coach and the press officer who were killed are suing CAF and the Angolan government, their lawyer said.

Editor: Anne Tang
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