6 Togolese players were killed in an unfortunate accident on Saturday after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a ravine and exploded into flames. This is the latest tragedy to affect the footballing fraternity in the Western African nation after their after yet another attack on their team bus by armed gun men in Cabinda in January 2010 left team members and officials dead.
The players killed on Saturday were members of the Etoile Filante club who were heading to the second largest city in Togo Sokode for a fixture against Semassi the following day.
Survivors of the accidents recalled how lucky they had been.
“We do not know how we managed to get out of the accident,” said Mama Souleyman goal keeper of the club. Togo indeed has a history with such unfortunate occurrences as is evident when you to at look back at their history.
In 2007, the Togolese national football team was involved in yet another horrific helicopter accident that killed the then Sports minister and 22 other in Sierra Leone fans After an African Cup qualifying match.
Meanwhile, the teams making up the groups for the 2012 African Cup of Nations tournament were settled on the 29th October in Malabo Equatorial Guinea. The groups are as follows:
Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Senegal, Zambia
Group C: Gabon, Niger, Morocco, Tunisia
Group D: Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Guinea
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