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Togo goalie stranded in SA

2010-02-25 13:27

Johannesburg - Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale has issued an emotional appeal for help returning home, admitting that his continued stay in South Africa is crushing his spirit.

Obilale has been in hospital in South Africa since he was airlifted there following the fatal machine-gun attack on the Togo team as they travelled to the African Nations Cup.

The 25-year-old, who was initially reported as dead by his team-mates, has been given the green light to return to France and the Kerpape rehabilitation centre, but Angola are refusing to pay the repatriation costs for the Pontivy goalkeeper.

"I don't have any morale left," Obilale told French radio station RTL. "It's been a month and a half now that I've been in bed here. My life is to turn left or turn right.

"I'm scared of getting worse because what I'm experiencing at night is horrible, I see the soldiers, I'm going to war as I'm going to the Cup. Every night I experience this in my sleep.

"And there's no-one here that's giving me any news. The great desire is to go back home.

"The Angolans tell me they are waiting for the word from the doctors but every day I see the doctor who operated on me and he says it's okay.

"The big problem is that they can't pay the repatriation costs. It's that that's breaking my morale."

Obilale added: "People from the Angolan government came here with flowers but I don't know what I'm meant to do with them. I have no house to put them in.

"I just want to go home. To be next to my children and those closest to me, that's all I'm asking for.

"They shot at me, now today they can't repatriate me. That's why I'm making this appeal so that people can help me leave this hospital bed."

Obilale's partner and sister are by his bedside thanks to Manchester City striker and Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who financed their trip.

Pontivy president Philippe Le Mestre has also slammed the Angolan government, adding that as organisers they "promised to pay for everything but nothing is forthcoming".

It is the latest blow for the Togo team and will surely lead to more criticism on how the incident has been dealt with.

The country's federation are currently embroiled in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against their ban from the next two editions of the African Nations Cup.

Togo were banned by the Confederation of African Football following their withdrawal from this year's tournament in the wake of the attack on their team bus.

An assistant coach and the team's press officer - plus a driver - were killed. 

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Comments
  • me - 2010-02-25 13:39

    If I was him I would definately stay in Europe when his French contract runs out....africa what hell hole

  • I wonder - 2010-02-25 13:52

    Surely pro soccer players have plenty of money - pay your own way and sort out the finances later . Stop relying on everyone else !

  • Joanne - 2010-02-25 13:53

    Is there some way that we can donate to repatriate this man?

  • IceCreamMan - 2010-02-25 13:57

    If this is true its a damn sad story...shame on you Angola, shame on you togo , shame on you CAF.

  • wesley - 2010-02-25 13:59

    CAF wants to ban teams but they can't even get this poor guy home. What a bunch of clueless morons.

  • Kings - 2010-02-25 14:01

    I'm sorry to say but Angola were supposed to use this tournament to put themselves back on the African map. All they seem to have achieved is showing the whole world how incompetent the country is. And as for CAF. What a bunch of assholes. Issa Hayatou you've really shown your true colors. I've honestly never liked the man. Kodjovi Obilale hope you get home soon.

  • Izikiel - 2010-02-25 14:10

    I feel for this brother! I pray to the good Lord that He turns Edwardo Do Santos' heart to pay hospital bills and reparations to this brother. Our prayers are with borther Obilale and family.

  • ace - 2010-02-25 14:17

    as usual, whenever africa is involve in soccer run by the majority it is a mess, this would never happen if rugby was involved as this sport is run by the minority

  • mlagalaga - 2010-02-25 14:20

    exactly how much money are we talking about here? does it also include hospital costs? he got injured while on his way to represent his country surely the Togolese govenment + football mother body can settle this amount.

  • carry - 2010-02-25 14:24

    hey, dude, you play ball in France, last time I looked, professional ball players were paid very well. pay your own way, stop standing "bak-hand"

  • Johnathan - 2010-02-25 14:41

    Why doesn't he pay for it himself?

  • Nick - 2010-02-25 14:41

    Huh? Appeal?? I understand that he's been through a fair trauma, but surely his own people or government should step in. Also last time I checked most pro soccer players on the continent earned the same amount as the GDP of a small country.

  • eugine - 2010-02-25 14:47

    THIS WAS A CAF EVENT AND SO CAF MUST PAY UP. EITHER THEM OR THEIR INSURERS. IN EVERY SPORT, FOOTBALL INCLUDED, PLAYERS LIVES ARE ASSURED FROM THE DAY OF CAMP RIGHT TILL THE END. SO WHY MUST HE PAY HIS OWN BILLS AS IF HE WAS REPRESENTING HIMSELF.

  • GT - 2010-02-25 14:53

    CAF has handled this appalling poorly. The entire saga stinks of fat cats and laziness. Not contect with driving them into an ambush, they leave the poor bugger to his own devices. Where is the Togo football federation in all of this?

  • wortel - 2010-02-25 14:56

    @carry he playes for an amateur side in the 4th division... so no, i dont think he has a multi-million euro contract!

  • RZ - 2010-02-25 15:01

    With all the corruption and blatent lies in Government/ANCYL, "the continued stay in South Africa" is also crushing my spirit.

  • LC - 2010-02-25 15:13

    Shame, my heart bleeds! Appeal to Blatter to help you out mate, with some of that back-hander he's been paid to put on the SWC on this delightful continent!

  • Sonntag - 2010-02-25 15:15

    Please stop blaming people this need all of us to help this brother ,son,our child he is asking and that tells that he has no other means oh please good South Africans lets all find in our hearts to help this boy. God bless you in advance.

  • T. kaNdlovu - 2010-02-25 15:26

    CAF and Angola should take full responsibility of this poor guy, anywhere this is African Soccer and we all know about its fat cats who occupy positions and Never deliver! Worry not brother, just thank your God that you are still alive today,had it not been for the RSA's best hospitals and doctors you would be forgotten history by now!!!

  • @RZ - 2010-02-25 15:27

    SA Government/ANCYL? What have they got to do with a Togolese man shot in Angola and plays soccer in France?

  • pawsaw - 2010-02-25 21:57

    The guy was nearly killed in the Congo and they flew him here to save his life and he obviously doesn't have the money as his brother and sister were flown to SA and sponsored by kind fellow team players. Can't the team he plays for in France sponsor him and take it off his salary once he gets home? If not then surely we can scrape up enough money to send him home. Maybe Julius could sponsor him?

  • Ronnie "shibobo" - 2010-02-26 02:12

    caf and angola musty pay up or beter safa can pay to show the world that we are the usa of africa and that those rebels who shot this man will see there asses here they not fighting 30 players but 45million south africans rebels in angola come here and you will see your ass you 2nd hand bastards

  • samsam@ME - 2010-02-26 08:19

    @ME, only ignorance in your face is written, you must know how the world look like before with your Europeans, wasnt your Europeans who drove HOLOCAUST/ANTI SEMITISM. Wasnt your Europeans who drove APARTHEID/RACISM. Thanks to freedom fighters (Jews, ANC,ZANU,MPL,FREELIMO etc ) who turned around the country. Your Europeans what is it that they did since the beginning of the world other than killing ppl. To help you blutty fool this world is run by Jews not your Europeans as you were misled, do yourself a favour go and read to remove this dust in your face

  • samsam@ME - 2010-02-26 08:23

    @ME, only ignorance in your face is written, you must know how the world look like before with your Europeans, wasnt your Europeans who drove HOLOCAUST/ANTI SEMITISM. Wasnt your Europeans who drove APARTHEID/RACISM. Thanks to freedom fighters (Jews, ANC,ZANU,MPL,FREELIMO etc ) who turned around the country. Your Europeans what is it that they did since the beginning of the world other than killing ppl. To help you blutty fool this world is run by Jews not your Europeans as you were misled, do yourself a favour go and read to remove this dust in your face

  • my opinion - 2010-02-26 09:12

    If you really want to go back home my man,you will pay and off you go finances from angola will be done after wards.

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