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Angola 'negotiating Cabinda compensation' - Togo govt

By Ebow Godwin
BBC Sport, Lome

The two members of the Togo squad killed in Cabinda are remembered
Two members of the Togo party were killed and a number injured

Togo's government says negotiations are taking place with Angola over compensation for the attack on its football team in Cabinda 12 months ago.

Assistant coach Abalo Amelete and press officer Stanislas Ocloo were killed and several others left seriously injured.

There has been criticism of the lack of support for those affected by the attack.

"Angola is willing to work out a formula to compensate the victims," sports minister Christophe Tchao said.

Tchao confirmed to the BBC's African sports programme Fast Track that the Togolese players and officials were provided with insurance cover before the trip to Angola.

The Minister said that the families and victims of the gun attack received payments ranging between 5 and 13 million CFA ($10,000 to $25,000) for their loss or injury sustained in Cabinda.

He denied that goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale, who was left disabled following the attack, had been abandoned - saying that substantial payments had already been made.

"The government of Togo in conjunction with the Togo Football Federation are considering a new financial assistance package for Obilale this year 2011," he said.

Memorial services and prayers have been held throughout Togo to commemorate the victims of the ambush, which took place as the team travelled through the Angolan province of Cabinda, on their way to take part in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Togolese government has declared a month of prayers to mark the anniversary of the attack.

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