Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale has served notice he intends dragging the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to court to seek compensation amid fears he might not continue with his career again.
Obilale returned to France last Saturday, two months after the fatal machine-gun attack on the Sparrow Hawks as they travelled by road to the African Nations Cup in Angola early this year. An assistant coach, the team's press officer and a driver were killed during the attack in the Cabinda enclave.
The 25-year-old has been in hospital in South Africa since he was airlifted there following the attack and has undergone five operations."Before thinking about playing football again, I hope to find again the form of a human being, I think I can recover in six months. But will I take up football again? I don't know," Obilale told the French media.
“I want to press charges. Notably against CAF. I don't know yet on what basis to attack them because I have to get information from a lawyer. But I want people to go before the court. “Tomorrow, if I can't play football anymore, what am I going to do?"
The Pontivy goalkeeper was forced to issue an emotional appeal last month for help getting home after Angola refused to pay the €65,000 (£58,900) repatriation costs. The France Football Federation stepped in but reports suggest their Togo counterparts have settled the bill. Togo have been given a two-tournament ban following their decision to withdraw from the tournament.
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