By Ben Efe
ECOWAS Commission president, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, said that the ban imposed by CAF on the Hawks of Togo for pulling out of the Angola 2010 Nations Cup was â€œharsh and insensitiveâ€ and has called on the continental ruling body to reverse the decision.
This is coming just as the Court of Sports Arbitration confirmed that it has received a petition from Togo and it would adjudicate on the matter.
According to CAF, Togo will miss the next two African Nations Cup tournaments and pay a fine of 50,000 U.S. dollars for withdrawing from the Nations Cup when its team bus was attacked by Angola rebels in Cabinda, the incident left the assistant coach and media coordinator of the Hawks dead.
The ECOWAS president said in a letter to CAF president, Issa Hayatou, that it was â€œshocked at the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to Suspend Togo from the next two editions of African Nations Cup.
â€œECOWAS has followed with concern the incident which occurred in Cabinda Province, Angola, just before the 2010 African Cup of Nations, leading to the death of the assistant coach and a media officer of the Togolese national team, as well as serious injury sustained by the countryâ€™s second goalkeeper.