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    Tragedy strikes Togo again

    The kind of ill luck that has gone after Togolese soccer since 2006 is just beyond me. Plane crash, terrorist attack, now road accident. All costing lives of some Togolese NT players.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...n_1114381.html

    Togo Bus Crash: Soccer Players Killed After Vehicle Plunges Into Ravine


    EBOW GODWIN 11/26/11 06:12 PM ET

    LOME, Togo — At least six topflight Togolese soccer players were killed and another 28 people critically injured on Saturday after a bus carrying their team plunged into a ravine and caught fire.

    In a statement read on national television, the Togo government said President Faure Gnassingbe had ordered that those injured from the Etoile Filante club be taken to the military wing of the Lome Central Hospital to receive urgent medical attention.

    A delegation, led by sports minister Christophe Tchao, traveled to the accident site with an ambulance to evacuate the injured.

    The accident happened near the city of Atakpame, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Lome, as Etoile Filante was on its way to Togo's second largest city of Sokode for Sunday's league game against Semassi.

    A tire is believed to have burst, causing the bus to topple over and plunge down a ravine. Some of the victims reportedly burnt to death. Eyewitness accounts said the bus flipped over several times as it crashed into the ravine.

    "We do not know how we managed to get out of the accident," said one of the survivors, goalkeeper Mama Souleyman.

    Images on Togo national television showed the smoldering wreckage of the bus, which was almost completely burnt to ashes.

    Lome-based Etoile Filante is a seven-time Togo national league champion and was runner-up in Africa's continental club competition in 1968.

    Last year, two Togo national team officials were killed and several players hurt after a gun attack on the team's bus as it traveled to the African Cup of Nations tournament in Angola.


    In 2007, Togo sports minister Richard Attipoe was among 22 people who died when a helicopter carrying Togolese soccer fans and officials crashed in Sierra Leone after an African Cup qualifying match.
    May they all rest in perfect peace and harmony.

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    Rest in peace

    shocking how many things can happen in such a short time ..

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    Terrible news. I'm stuck without any word really but I wish those rest in peace.
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    Wow terrible. All this in such a short period of time. May they rest in peace.
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    RIP. So many accidents for one team, really horrific.
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    Don't even know what to say...it's just...damn.

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    unbelievable...
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    Horrible news. R.I.P. These stories are so depressing

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