Former Togolese goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilalé who was seriously injured during an attack on their team Bus at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola has received financial assistance from CAF.
Obilalé was in the Sparrowhawks team bus en route to Angola when it was attacked by a group of rebel terrorist moments after leaving the Congolese border.
He was hit by a bullet in the incident which left the driver of the bus dead on the spot from gunshot wounds, while the assistant coach and the team’s media officer also passed away days later.
The 35-year-old never recovered from his injuries and his football career was brought to a sudden end.
Obilalé has now received $ 10,000 (R175 000) donation from CAF to assist with his Agrofoot project, which focuses on sustainable agriculture, a project he started after the forced retirement.
“When I was in Cairo, CAF promised to help me with my farming activities. I wanted to thank them because they sent me a letter with a check,” Obilalé told Radio France Internationale (RFI).
In addition, Obilalé was also honoured last year at the CAF Awards with a special prize.
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By Ofhani Munyai