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January 15, 2010 | Cup of Nations

Pantsil haunted by Togo Nations Cup tragedy

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Ghana's John will have been affected more than most by the horrific events at the African Cup of Nations in Angola last weekend, according to Fulham team-mate Chris Baird.

A knee injury kept the Fulham right-back from joining up with the Ghanaian squad for this month's African Cup of Nations and he is in London receiving treatment.

 
But could so easily have been in Cabinda this week – the Angolan enclave inside the DR Congo where the Togo team bus was machine-gunned in an ambush by local militiamen.

 
Three people died, including the driver, a coach and a press officer, provoking Togo's withdrawal from the tournament and the cancellation of their first match, which would have been against Ghana.

 
"I've only seen John briefly this week because I think he was off for another scan or appointment with some consultant about his injury, " Baird said.

 
"I don't know if anyone else has spoken to him about the events in Angola but it's a sad thing, not just for John but the whole world. It's a disgrace and we obviously wish them well, all those who were caught up in it.

 
"John was due to be there [in Cabinda] for Ghana's first game. He loves his country and he's very religious and I'm sure he will have been deeply affected by the incident.

 
"He will deal with it in his own way but maybe not show it in front of the rest of the players. He's a very private man and he will probably keep it locked up inside."

 
Fulham also have Dickson Etuhu on African Cup of Nations duty, but the midfielder is far from the troubled Cabinda region because his Nigerian team are in a group based in the south of the country in Benguela.

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