Adebayor says squad will decide if they play on

January 9, 2010

Emmanuel Adebayor admitted a lot of his Togo team-mates wanted to quit the African Nations Cup at the earliest opportunity following the attack on their team bus in Angola in which two players were shot and their bus driver was killed.

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The Manchester City striker, who revealed the terrifying attack en route to the team's base in the Cabinda province lasted 30 minutes, will convene a team meeting as captain at which the squad will discuss whether they stay in Angola or return to their clubs.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "I think a lot of players want to leave, I don't think they want to be at this tournament any more because they have seen their death already.

"Most of the players want to go back to their family. No-one can sleep after what they have seen today. They have seen one of their team-mates have a bullet in his body, who is crying, who is losing consciousness and everything.

"So we will have a good meeting tonight, everyone will go to their room, they will rest and we will see tomorrow morning we will make a decision which is good for our life.''

Adebayor added: "We are still in shock. If the security is not sure then we will be leaving tomorrow. I don't think they will be ready to give their life. We will discuss everything as a team and we will take a decision that we think is good for our career, is good for our life and good for our family.''

"I don't know even if we will play (in) the Nations Cup," Togo midfielder Thomas Dossevi told Radio Monte Carlo.

The CAF insistsed that the tournament would go ahead as planned.

"Our first priority is the safety of the players but the tournament will go ahead," Confederation of African Football (CAF) spokesman Suleimanu Habubu said in Luanda.