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Team demands extra security

2010-01-10 16:27

Accra - Ghana is demanding extra security for its players at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola following Friday's deadly attack on the Togolese squad, the government said on Sunday.

Ghana is one of the teams based in the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda, where separatist rebels claimed responsibility for Friday's ambush that left at least two dead and several wounded.

Ghana President John Atta-Mills "has demanded extra security for ... players ahead of the Nations Cup scheduled to kick-start in Angola later today", Information Minister Zita Okaikoi said in a statement.

"The safety of our players and any other participating countries is very important hence the need for extra security," she added.

Togo players have decided to stay on and take part in the tournament, but the government in Lome is ordering their immediate return. They are scheduled to come up against Ghana on Monday in a Group B opening match.