By Jacob Ajom
The President of West African Football Union, Dr Amos Adamu has expressed shock and disbelief over the shooting of the Togolese national Football team, The Hawks, by Angolan rebels in the Cabinda region, Northern Angola on Friday, January 9th 2010.
Dr Adamu who is also a member of the Confederation of African Football and FIFA executive Committee said in a message of condolence to the government and people of Togo that the incident was â€œunfortunate, dastardly and primitive.â€
We at the WAFU secretariat received with shock, the sad incident of an ambush on the Togolese national team in northern Angola and the resultant loss of lives. We see this as the handiwork of enemies of genuine development for Africa. The act is condemnable and a call for the re-ordering of priorities by African rebels, wherever they may be..
He, however, charged the people of Togo not to be discouraged by the unfortunate incident which he said was perpetrated by enemies of African football.
â€œWe must not allow such incidents dampen our enthusiasm to build a solid sporting culture for African youth who share a common heritage.Oour enemies must not be allowed to harbour a false sense of victory under whatever guise,â€ Adamu said, pleading with the Togolese government to have a rethink on the decision to boycott the African Cup of Nations.
Dr Adamu assured the international community that what happened in Angola should not be perceived as a sign of what to expect in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.