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France FA pay for Obilale return

Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale
Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale is ready to return to France

The French Football Federation (FFF) will pay for injured Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale to fly to France after recovering in South Africa from gunshot wounds.

Obilale has been recovering in South Africa from injuries he suffered in the gun attack on the Togo team at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

He has been given the green light to return to France to continue his rehabilitation, but Angolan officials refused to pay his repatriation costs.

The president of his French amateur club Pontivy, Philippe Le Mestre, has revealed that the FFF have stepped in to help the stricken Obilale.

"I've had a phone call from Jean-Pierre Escalettes, the FFF president, who told me that the Federation had agreed to to take charge of our footballer's repatriation," he said.

Earlier, Obilale issued a plea for help returning home, admitting that his continued stay in South Africa is crushing his spirit.

"I don't have any morale left," Obilale told French radio station RTL.

"It's been a month and a half now that I've been in bed here.

"I'm scared of getting worse because what I'm experiencing at night is horrible, I see the soldiers, I'm going to war as I'm going to the Cup.

"Every night I experience this in my sleep.

"And there's no-one here that's giving me any news. The great desire is to go back home.

Obilale's partner and sister are by his bedside thanks to Manchester City striker and Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who financed their trip.

Togo are currently embroiled in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against their ban from the next two editions of the African Nations Cup.

They were banned by the Confederation of African Football following for what they deemed to be "political interference."

An assistant coach and the team's press officer were killed in the attack in the enclave of Cabinda.



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