Politicians in Togo have vowed to fight the country’s ban from the next two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and have branded their ban as ‘insulting’.
The national team were suspended and also fined $50,000 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after withdrawing from the recent tournament in Angola following a machine gun attack on their team bus which left three people dead.
After the attack there followed a period of confusion, but the players were ultimately called home for three days of national mourning by their government.
But CAF deemed that move amounted to political interference, leading to Saturday’s sanction.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Emmanuel Adebayor said the ban was “outrageous” claiming that CAF President Issa Hayatou had “completely betrayed” the Togo squad. He added:
Mr Hayatou has served Africa extensively, but now he must be released [from the post].
They do not care about the voice of the world.
It was our head of state who sent us to the African Cup of Nations to defend the colours of our country.
He said the threat surrounding our squad had not gone and told us to return to our country. We are only ambassadors. We were obliged to return, and there was nothing we could do.