November 26th, 2011

Tragedy In Togo: Six Top Flight Footballers Perish In Bus Accident

Image from January 2010. Image Credit: BGNES.

UPDATE – Per a club official who spoke to news agency Efe on the condition of anonymity, 8 people from Etoile Filante, including players and/or staff, have died while an ‘unknown number’ were wounded.

According to The Associated Press, Togo’s government confirmed that a fiery bus crash near the city of Atakpame had killed ‘at least six’ players from Etoile Filante and critically injured another 28 people. The Togolese Championnat National league club was traveling to their away match against Semassi, scheduled for Sunday, before their bus suddenly flipped over, fell down a ravine and caught fire. A burst/flat tyre is believed to have set off the horrific chain of events.

“We do not know how we managed to get out of the accident,” said one of the survivors, goalkeeper Mama Souleyman.

Regrettably, this sad news comes less than two years after a terrorist attacked the Togo national football team’s bus in Angola, killing that squad’s Assistant Coach and Director of Communications.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all those affected during this incredibly difficult time.

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11 Responses to “Tragedy In Togo: Six Top Flight Footballers Perish In Bus Accident”

  1. DebS says:

    My condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. I can only imagine the pain they feel.

    God speed to the full recovery of the injured, both physically & emotionally.

  2. xoWinnie says:

    what a terrible loss, for the country and for their families :(
    rest in peace to those who perished!

  3. bri_saldana says:

    This is a horrible tragedy; may God be with the players, their families, and the beautiful people of Togo. RIP

  4. JA7 says:

    Rest in peace to the lives lost.

  5. Catie2838 says:

    This team has faced so much in the past few years, my heart breaks for them. I hope that the death toll doesn't climb any higher, and that they can pull through this. I also hope this is the end of all the tragedy. My heart goes out to all of them and their families.

  6. Mariëlla says:

    I can't express how this makes me feel

  7. Rachael says:

    Incredibly sad and tragic rest in peace. X

  8. xbabyshakesx says:

    OMG this is horrible! heartbroken, but will send prayers and hope. =\

  9. earidurt says:

    my heart goes out to all the deceased's family and friends and to the country of togo. how much more can one country take? so heartbreaking. i just pray that the injured heal and that everyone affected comes through this OK.

  10. Melaniee. says:

    rip to all the players that died (w)
    my condolences to their families <3

  11. Mae says:

    Horrible, RIP!