The Sparrow-hawks of Togo will not fly at the 27th African Cup of Nations, according to a report by the BBC on Saturday 9 January.

The Togolese delegation to the competition was ambushed as it crossed the border into the Angolan enclave of Cabinda from Congo-Brazzaville where it had been camping ahead of the competition.

Togo captain, and Manchester City striker, Emmanuel Adebayor said on Friday many players wanted to go home.

He told BBC Afrique: “It’s a football game, it’s one of the biggest tournaments in Africa and a lot of people would love to be in our position but I don’t think anybody would be prepared to give their life.

“If I am alive I can still play football tomorrow and in one year maybe even another Cup of Nations but I am not ready to pass away now,” he said.