Following the deadly attack that left two members of the Togolese delegation dead, Ghanaean President John Atta-Mills has asked for increase security for his players. Friday's bloody incident in the enclave of Cabinda shows how easily insurgents can grab world headlines with attacks on soft targets. It also raises questions about Angolas capacity to ensure the security of participants in the tournament.
A deady shooting before the competition officially kicked off...
The Africa Cup of Nations is off to a sad start.
authorities in Togo believe the tragedy could have been avoided.
SOT Gilbert Fossoun HOUNGBO Premier ministre togolais
Today, we know that had we received certain information...that there were pockets of insecurity, well obviously we would have taken another route.
The event raises questions about host country Angola's ability to guarentee the security of participating teams.
But Angolan authorities say they've got everything under control
SOT António Paulo KASSOMA Premier ministre angolais
We want to tell the Togolese delegation and other delegations that their security is guaranteed /// we are going to give a higher profile to the protection and security of all the delegations. We are going to reinforce these protections and security measures."
Games scheduled to take place in the volatile enclave of Cabinda will be maintained...including the quarter final on January 24th.
This comes as the separatists who claimed responsiblity for Friday's attack say quote "weapons will continue to talk".