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Togo goalkeeper Obilale seeks compensation from Caf

Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale
Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale has returned to his base in France

Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale is planning to seek compensation from the Confederation of African Football (Caf), amid fears he will never play football again.

Obilale returned France on Saturday, two months after the fatal machine-gun attack on the Hawks as they travelled to the African Nations Cup in Angola.

The 25-year-old has been in hospital in South Africa since he was airlifted there following the attack and has had five operations.

Obilale told L'Equipe: "Before thinking about playing football again, I hope to find again the form of a human being, I think I can recover in six months.

"But will I take up football again? I don't know. I want to press charges. Notably against Caf.

"I don't know yet on what basis to attack them because I have to get information from a lawyer. But I want people to go before the court.

"Tomorrow, if I can't play football any more, what am I going to do?"

The Pontivy goalkeeper was forced to issue an emotional appeal last month for help getting home after Angola refused to pay the US$90,000 repatriation costs.

The France Football Federation stepped in but reports suggest their Togo counterparts have settled the bill.

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

They were hit with the penalty following their withdrawal from this year's tournament in the wake of the attack on their team bus, with Caf citing governmental interference as the reason for the punishment.

An assistant coach and the team's press officer were killed.

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