FC New York News Release
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
NEW YORK -- Following the tragic terrorist shooting of the Togo National Soccer Team in Angola this week, FC New York President Doug Petersen and Vice President Jo-Ellen Treiber paid a formal visit to Togo’s Ambassador, Mr. Kodjo Menan, to offer their condolences and support. Togo was traveling to Angola to participate in the African Cup of Nations tournament when the attack occurred.
Ambassador Menen, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Togo to the United Nations, welcomed them to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in New York as they came to express their remorse during Togo’s official three days of national mourning.
Ambassador Menen stated that Togo’s assistant coach and team spokesman were killed, as was the Angolan bus driver. Eight were wounded, including a goalkeeper Kodjovi "Dodji" Obilale. Togo team captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who plays striker for Manchester City, told Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé they were lucky they survived the attack.
Togo is a nation of only six million people but the New York area claims over 3,000 residents from the nation according to the ambassador.
Ambassador Menen stated he was most pleased that F.C. New York acknowledged his country’s sorrow, saying, “We are a nation where soccer is our sport and it unifies our country.”
Speaking for F.C. New York, Petersen stated, “We share their pain. As New Yorkers we know the pain they feel. We wish to show our support on behalf of F.C. New York and all that love the sport of soccer in New York.”
Ambassador Menen invited F.C. New York to visit Togo and plans on making an introduction to the Fédération Togolaise de Football on their behalf. Mr. Menen also is facilitating assistance in Togo for F.C. New York’s philanthropic arm S.H.A.K.E. (Soccer Helping Achieve Kid’s Equality), which collects new and gently used soccer equipment and donates the equipment to schools, clubs and youth organizations all around the world.
For more about the Togo incident [+] Official Tournament site [+]