16 Jan 2010

Funerals in Togo after Angola attack

8:32 am on 16 January 2010

A funeral ceremony has been held in the Togolese capital, Lome, for two football officials killed in Angola ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The BBC reports the moving service was attended by Togo's president, Angola's foreign minister and surviving team members, including captain Emmanuel Adebayor. Hundreds of mourners and relatives attended.

Separatist rebels in Cabinda say they shot at the team's bus.

Togo pulled out of the tournament after the attack on 8 January. They were due to play Burkina Faso on Friday afternoon.

The coffins of press officer Stanislas Ocloo, 35, who was married three days before the ambush, and deputy national coach Amelete Abalo, 54, were draped in the national flag.

They were carried by soldiers to the Palace of Congress.

The men are to be buried next week in their home villages.