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Togo Soccer Players Refuse To Play Libya In World Cup Qualifier Due To Violence

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Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor appeals for a goal during their African Cup of Nations quarter final soccer match in February.  Togo is refusing to attend an upcoming qualifier in Libya due to the nation's on-going violence.
Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor appeals for a goal during their African Cup of Nations quarter final soccer match in February. Togo is refusing to attend an upcoming qualifier in Libya due to the nation's on-going violence.

LOME, Togo -- Togo players are refusing to play a World Cup qualifier in Libya after recent violence there led FIFA to move Friday's game from Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli.

Alexis Romao of Marseille and Jonathan Ayite of Brest flew back to France from Togo, citing security worries for not wanting to travel to Libya. Togolese players want the match moved out of Libya.

Togo soccer has been affected by recent tragedies; a helicopter crash at Sierra Leone's Lungi airport in 2007 and an attack on the team bus in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda in 2010.

Togo captain Serge Akakpo says "after what we went through in Lungi and Cabinda ... you must understand that we are right to refuse to take any risk."

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