Togo planned to leave the African Cup of Nations hours before the tournament starts on Sunday, and with the understanding and sympathy of the Confederation of African Football.
After seeing two of their tour party and their Angolan bus driver killed in an ambush by separatist gunmen upon driving into Angola on Friday, the Togo team said on Saturday it was too traumatized to play in the 16-nation championship.
Togo forward Thomas Dossevi told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Saturday that the team will withdraw from the cup and fly out early Sunday.
The tournament will start as scheduled on Sunday, with the host team playing Mali, but CAF's top officials received assurance from the Angola Prime Minister Antonio Paulo Kassoma on Saturday that security will be beefed up for all teams at all venues.
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