Former Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilalé, who sustained grave injuries from a terrorist attack on their team bus ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, has finally received financial assistance from CAF.
The 35-year-old was plying his trade at French club GSI Pontivy by the time of the attack. He had bullet wounds to his stomach and never returned to football.
“I was practically disabled from the attack and couldn’t play football again. After a lengthy period of frustration, I decided to turn to agriculture. I solicited for help from everywhere but in vain,” he told French radio RFI on Tuesday.
“CAF promised me funds to launch my agro project but I had to wait for 10 years before claiming the cheque – a $10,000 cheque. Well, I have to sincerely thank them for not forgetting me.”
Three people were killed in the January 8 2010 attack while nine others were injured, prompting the Sparrow Hawks to pull out of the competition.