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January 9, 2010
Posted: 1737 GMT

I asked you on my Twitter page if you thought the Africa football tournament should be canceled after the deadly assault on Togo's national team.

Here are some of your responses:

“The whole thing should be called off, players are not safe & in respect of the dead participants. Let’s not wait for more attacks.” (Cassiel Irimagha)

“As a South African this is disheartening to hear, but I believe it must go on.” Byron Castle Marello
“The same question was raised in Munich 1972. The answer is the same. The games must go on. Otherwise the bad guys win.” (Michael)

“Hell yeah it should be canceled! The entire tournament has been tainted. I would be uncomfortable if I were to be taking part.” (Richard Arabome)

“No. That's exactly what they want. We can't give power to this of people. But of course, we gotta take a closer look on security.” (Julia)

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catherine   January 9th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

Really sorry about the death of Togo´s football players.

We are not talking about an "ordinary" sport ,we are talking about football. Some of people go even further and say : Football is not a sport but rather a RELIGION. Is it possible to cancel a religion?!

ekene   January 10th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

This is a shame to Angola and the organizers of the African Nations Cup.Angola has no business hosting such tournaments.The country is almost a failed state. This however should not happen during the world cup , South Africa should learn.

Sayan Majumdar   January 10th, 2010 1:11 pm ET

Hala, it totally depends upon the security environment, standards and procedures of the host nation. If they are found to be inadequate cancellation remains the only option, nobody should gamble with human resource (footballers).

Sayan.

halozcel   January 11th, 2010 7:05 am ET

-African Nations Cup shouldnt be held in Angola.
-Soccer/Football players should be protected very well.
-Terror shouldnt stop the Life.*Life goes on and we past through*
-As far as I appreciate,Terror,in all over the world,unfortunately will continue in near term and everyone has to be vigilant.

Femi Adeolu Amele   January 11th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

Quite unfortunate to attack a sport which denotes unity all over the world.What could have inspired a road trip through a war zone. Talk about war is Idesk onto the intellectual war emanicipating in Nigeria over the blacklisting and absence of the presidency.

Herbert MG Pepple   January 11th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

I think the show must go on. Calling off the African Cup of Nations will not only give the win to the attackers but will hugely demoralize the African soccer spirit.

Terror must not win. The show must go on!

raul-germany   January 12th, 2010 4:59 pm ET

this is sad it shows the inefficiency of many african states,when it comes to security matters.did they not know that such radical rebel groups excisted before desinating the place as a host center? these people used this to an advantange.without sufficient resources security can never be garanteed.

Ayo   January 13th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

We need to let the World know that Africa remains safe despite what happened to Togo's National Team.

We sympathise with the families of those that were attacked.

Nana Danso Okoh-Okai   January 29th, 2010 10:04 am ET

I think the Angolan government should strengthen the security of all the football teams participating in the tournament to make sure this does not happen again also South Africa should learn from the mistakes of the Angolan government to make sure of a successful World Cup.

Waheed Derby   January 29th, 2010 10:16 am ET

I think the families of the deceased should be compensated because the deceased were most probably the breadwinners of their families. I hope the Angolan government take a cue from this to prevent any re-occurance .I wish to send my condolences to the bereaved family

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