After the dastardly incident in Cabinda, the players decided to pull out of the competition but had a change of mind. However, the Togolese authorities insisted that the team returns home.
And as the opening match between host nation Angola and Mali got under way, the Hawks of Togo flew out of Angola.
The match between Angola and Mali ended in a 4-4 draw. Mali came back to recover after going down 4-0.
Before the match started, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of the dead.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi