Blatter to mediate in CAF row

2010-04-22 09:24

Johannesburg - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is to mediate in the row over Togo's exclusion from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Togo were banned for two Afcon editions after pulling out of the recent tournament in Angola after two members of the squad were killed in an attack.

CAF believed the decision to withdraw came from the government.

The move sparked protests in Togo and elsewhere across Africa.

Togo's case had been due to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland. But that process has now been put on hold, with talks between the two parties due to be held on May 7th.

The arbitration procedure has been suspended considering that the parties wish to solve the dispute by mediation," CAS said in a statement.

CAF said that Blatter would lead the talks.

The attack on Togo's team convoy took place as they travelled to their base in the northern Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

Two members of the party died and one was seriously injured and after several days of confusion the team was called home to take part in national mourning.

The attack was claimed by the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (Flec).


  • kwaffela - 2010-04-22 09:57

    CAF sucks,

  • Passie - 2010-04-22 10:34

    CAF are rediculous. Please show some sympathy for the situation, Togo has suffered enough.

  • WTF!!?? - 2010-04-22 11:05

    That is ridiculous! Two members of their squad get murdered and they get punnished for leaving the god forsaken country where it happened.... What is wrong with the world.

  • Twins - 2010-04-22 11:14

    Togo's hope relies on u. Please help them. I don't know what part of the head was this Isaa Hayatou using. He sucks. Pathetic. If u can, fire him. He is a digrace to African Football. I hate him.

  • Mpho - 2010-04-22 11:16

    CAF does not have a soul.

  • Loua - 2010-04-22 11:20

    CAF is interested in money only - no regard for the sport it's supposed to be supporting. And Sepp Blatter is a terrible choice as mediator! What does he know about African soccer and the continent as a whole?

  • Mpho - 2010-04-22 11:22

    CAF are an embarassment to the African continent

  • DeonL - 2010-04-22 11:31

    It was an emotional banning it should be reversed now!

  • ThulaniT - 2010-04-22 11:37

    CAF sucks...

  • demzo - 2010-04-22 11:41

    FIFA has to interfear, what CAF did was so cruel. three people died, but all they did was to fine them of two inclusions of the doen'st seem fair at all.

  • demzo - 2010-04-22 11:42

    FIFA has to interfear, what CAF did was so cruel. three people died, but all they did was to fine them of two inclusions of the doen'st seem fair at all.

  • Nthlarhi - 2010-04-22 11:46

    I put the blame on the countries affiliated to CAF which keep on electing this Issa Hayatou guy to the position of a president. CAF hasn't changed its dictating leadership for donkey years now, ala Mugabe style. The confederation gets plenty of money from the sponsors but african soccer remains poor, where does the money go to? Fifa must now kick them out and arrange for an immediate elections. African soccer need a new look, new leadership etc.

  • craig - 2010-04-22 12:39

    CAF is run by a bunch of idiots. Maybe if the teams from their country were shot up then it would be a different story. WE WANT TOGO BACK....Boycott the CAF games. Let them feel it in the pocket.. Money talks and BULSH@T walks.....

  • African Idiot - 2010-04-22 12:53

    The African continent sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • King - 2010-04-22 12:57

    Blatter will resolve it since we dont have any candidate in africa to resolve this issue.

  • King of the Jungle - 2010-04-22 15:25

    CAF is just like SAFA, runned by clueless people with 1 thing in mind, MONEY. Shame on you CAF, you are a disgrace to Africa. How can you be so heartless?

  • Kopano Pabe - 2010-04-29 11:36

    CAF is runned bt a bunch of idots which are led bt a dictator who's not doing anything for African football at all,instead our football keeps sinking deeper and deeper under their leadership which is a disgrace and disguesting as well. Issa Hayatou must learn and accept that he's not running fiasco here this CAF for incase if he's forgotten that not his home/house where he can just dictatte what should be don. Regards Kops

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