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The Marseille and Brest players say they will not be part of the Sparrow Hawks squad to Tripoli for the World Cup qualifier for security reasons

Togo captain Alaixys Romao and Jonathan Ayite respectively of French clubs Marseille and Brest have announced they would not follow the national team to Libya for the weekend’s World Cup qualifier due to security reasons.

Libya were supposed to host the West African side in Benina, near Benghazi, where violence involving former rebels left 31 people dead and more than a 100 injured last week.

However, Fifa on Monday moved the venue of the encounter to the country’s capital Tripoli, where the Mediterranean Knights played a goalless draw against DR Congo without incidents on last Friday.

Romao has fled back to France, leaving his team mates behind in Lome where coach Didier Six is prepping the outfit for an uphill battle against the Libyans who are leaders of Group I on tie at six points with second placed Cameroon.

With four points bagged from four games, Togo are still hopeful of a qualification to the next round, but with two more players backing out, after Emmanuel Adebayor and goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, many local fans now fear for their team.