Togo withdraws from cup after 4 die

Four have died after a rebel assault on the Togo national soccer team, including goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale, prompting the team to withdraw from the African Cup of Nations in Angola. (Update: Togo decides to stay. Togo’s request to return to tournament turned down.)

Some professional clubs are now calling for their players to return, and some have pressed for the tourney to be canceled. When you consider what happened, it’s not all that unreasonable, is it?

This is a huge blow for African soccer, coming months before the continent’s first World Cup in South Africa, and a major tragedy.

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