The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected a sudden plea by Togo to return to play at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Media reports say Togoâ€™s sports minister Christophe Padumhokou Tchao is cajoling CAF to allow them back into the tournament after three days of mourning. However, the tournament organisers have turned their back on the West Africa nation, reports the BBC.
Meanwhile, Togoâ€™s prime minister Gilbert Huongbo is reported to have denied his country wants to re-enter the Nations Cup.
CAF said Togo will be disqualified from the African Nations Cup finals if they do not show up for their opening Group B match, against Ghana in Cabinda on Monday, reports Reuters.
But Huongbo insisted the game against Ghana in Cabinda, which was supposed to be the opener in Group B, will not go ahead.
â€œThe information that has been circulated on some websites saying the players are just back for three daysâ€™ mourning and will then go back is quite wrong.
â€œWe withdrew our team on the basis they have been the victim of a terrorist attack.â€œManagement did not give us enough assurances. We would leave our team being exposed to similar risks (were they to return). Therefore we decided to pull our team out of the competition against our will.
â€œWe would have hoped that one can have serene discussion with the host country, with the Confederation, to assess what has happened, assess what one has to do.