Villa star reflects on day which shocked football
By Villa reporter
Monday 11 Jan 2010 22:20:00
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Moustapha Salifou says he is lucky to be alive after the fatal gun attack on Togo’s team.

Angolan rebels opened fire on the coach after it crossed from the Republic of Congo into Cabinda, killing the driver, assistant manager and press officer.

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Togo have since withdrawn from the tournament with the players having returned to their homeland, where three days of national mourning is now taking place.

The 26-year-old Villa star told how the “horrific” ordeal, which saw bullets whistle past his head, left him fearing for his life.

Salifou, who was alongside Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on the bus, said: ‘It was only 15 minutes after we crossed into Angola that the coach came under heavy fire from rebels.

‘The driver of the coach was shot almost immediately and died instantly, so we were just stopped on the road with nowhere to go. Our security people saved us. They were in two separate cars, about 10 of them in total and they returned fire.

‘The shooting lasted for half an hour and I could hear the bullets whistling past me. It was like a movie.

‘I know I am really lucky. I was at the back of the coach with Emmanuel Adebayor and one of the goalkeepers. A defender who was sat in front of me took two shots in the back.

‘The goalkeeper, Obilale Dodo, one of my best friends, was shot in the chest and stomach area and he has been flown to South Africa to undergo an operation to save his life.

‘It was horrific. Everybody was crying. I couldn’t stay in control myself and I cried when I saw the injuries to my friend.’

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