African Nations Cup

Togo goalkeeper Obilale a "miracle" survivor

January 25, 2010

Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale feels he is akin to "a miracle" after surviving the attack on the team bus in Angola.

The 25-year-old was travelling to the African Nations Cup with the rest of his team-mates prior to the start of the competition when they were shot at with machine-guns in the Cabinda region of the country.

Three people died in the January 8 incident - the bus driver, an assistant coach and a press officer - while Obilale, who was initially also reported as dead, had to be flown to South Africa for emergency treatment after sustaining gunshot wounds in the lower back and abdomen.

"I'm a miracle," the France based goalkeeper told L'Equipe from Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where he has been since the attack. "I'm alive, I'm doing well, I'm talking, eating and breathing.

"I want to go back home. When the tension increases in me, I lose it, I want to break everything. I want to see my children again and be back with those closest to me."