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Togo government recalls the national soccer team

sports Updated: Jan 10, 2010 18:56 IST

Togo's Prime Minister says the country's soccer team must return to Togo and not compete in the African Cup of Nations after an ambush on the team killed three people and injured eight.

Gilbert Houngbo says the players were still in a state of shock today and were not secure. He says that Togo's presidential plane has been dispatched to Angola to take the team back to Lome.

Houngbo said that the Confederation of African Football and Angola's government have not taken adequate security measures to ensure the team's safety.

Yesterday, the Togo government ordered the team to leave, but members today said they would stay to honor those killed in the attack.

The Togo team was ambushed on Friday in an attack blamed on militants fighting for the independence of Cabinda.