THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

{mosimage} 9 January ~ Today we planned to have a preview of the African Nations Cup due to start in Angola on Sunday. That was placed in doubt after the attack on the Togo team bus on the Congo-Angola border yesterday, now said to have resulted in three deaths and injuries to several others including two members of the Togo squad. The African football confederation (CAF) have since announced that the tournament will go ahead as scheduled, although it is unclear whether Togo will take part. CAF and the Angolan organisers will face criticism for deciding to stage part of the tournament in a region subject to political upheaval. However, this does not justify the ignorant reaction to the incident on some UK newspaper websites, where it has already been used to raise concerns about South Africa's staging of this summer's World Cup – and to make some gross generalisations about Africa as a whole. The best comment piece on the incident so far is this, from Just Football.

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