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Togo goalkeeper to undergo surgery in S.Africa-report

world Updated: Jan 10, 2010 14:22 IST

Togo reserve goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale will undergo surgery at a South African hospital after being wounded by gunfire when the Togo soccer team's bus was attacked in Angola, a medical official said on Sunday.

"He is conscious and in a stable condition. He is fully receptive he understands where he is. We will still be taking him to theatre, he has obviously suffered some internal injuries," Doctor Richard Friedland, who is treating the player at Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, told Talk Radio 702.

Two members of Togo's national soccer delegation died after the team bus was ambushed by rebel separatists bus as in the Angola's Cabinda enclave for the African Nations Cup.

The attack, which also killed the bus driver, came five months before South Africa hosts the World Cup, the first African nation to hold the world's biggest single-sport event.

There has been uncertainty as to whether the Togo team will take part in the tournament, which runs from Jan 10 to 31.

Togo's government on Saturday said it was pulling the team out of the African Nations Cup in response to the assault, although squad members have been quoted as saying they are determined to play.

"Togo are staying in the competition. I have called the players and they want to play. We are now awaiting official confirmation from the Togolese government," said Kodzo Samlan, a press officer at the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

He added that Togo team captain, Emmanuel Adebayor, was with the team.

A junior official at the Angolan sports ministry confirmed the Togo team was waiting for an announcement from Togo's president at about 1400 GMT to find out whether they are to take part in the tournament.

Angola's first game in Cabinda was scheduled against Ghana on Monday.

(Reporting by Phumza Macanda with additional reporting by Julien Pretot in Cabinda and Henrique Almeida in Luanda; Editing by Matthew Jones)