As suggested we were treated to numerous rumours and misinformation concerning the Togo African Cup of Nations attack. Now that the tournament has started there seems to be a final accounting of the base facts. Togo, after what must have been rough internal discussions, have left the tournament. As much as the players will have wanted to honour their fallen colleagues the team was on a hiding to nothing if they had stayed. Two members of the Togo party were killed in the attack along with their Angolan driver. Reserve goalkeeper Dodo Obilale is at last word seriously injured and in a South African hospital.
The situation remains fluid. There are still rumours that the Togo will return to the tournament. From a City standpoint even if Togo leave the tournament it is highly debatable as to what state Emmanual Adebayor returns in. Such an attack is an incredible trauma. Adebayor may quite easily be lost for the rest of the season. On the other hand he may find a singularity of purpose between the lines that he can't find during the rest of his day and excel. There is no way to tell, but personally I wouldn't expect to see the Togolese striker back to his best until the start of next season.
The African Cup of Nations has been a bone of contention for teams around Europe for some time. If I was in charge of a club I'd never sign any player that I could lose for a month in the middle of a season for country commitments. I don't think it is a coincidence that Manchester United don't have any players involved in the Cup and can look to take advantage of Chelsea and Arsenal that do.
The idea of such a tournament is a fine one but like Europe should be held after the season.