Former Togo Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilalé Still In Dire Situation After Cabinda Shooting

The Togolese national is still unfit physically and financially…

Togo’s ex-goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilalé, who was among the wounded victims of his team during last January’s ambush gun attack prior to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, is yet to fully recover and remains financially broke, French radio RTL said on Sunday.

Stuck in a wheelchair most of the time, Obilalé, 25, still finds it difficult to walk and still suffers a number of side effects at the Kerpape rehabilitation centre in Lorient, France, where he lives.

His contract with former club Pontivy expired last June, and he has no hope of coming back to professional football because of the handicap he now carries.

Reports say his indemnification package is still unclear. He and his family now live on cheques from anonymous donours and periodical donations from the French Football Federation (FFF).

En route to the Angolan province of Cabinda where Togo were to play their group matches, the team’s bus was attacked by unknown gunmen. The bus driver, the team's assistant manager Abalo Amelete, and media officer Stanislas Ocloo were killed, while several others were injured.

Togo consequently pulled out of the competition.

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