On Sunday, Egypt and Ghana will contest the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Luanda, Angola. The tournament itself has been overshadowed by the horrific events of the days preceding it when the Togo team bus was attacked in the Angolan province of Cabinda. Three people were killed, an Angolan-born bus driver and two Togolese team officials. Togo subsequently withdrew from the tournament. The tournament lost much of its excitement with this terrible incident.
Many observers were considering this tournament as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa in just a few months’ time. There can be absolutely no connection made between the terrorist attack on the Togo team bus and fears of a similar incident occurring in South Africa this summer, though some have attempted to suggest that there is.
On the pitch, the African teams that have qualified for this June’s World Cup have had mixed results. Continue reading