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    The Togo goalkeeper left disabled after being shot during a gun attack while travelling to last year's Cup of Nations tournament claims he has been completely ignored by the "heartless" organisation that runs African football.
    Kodjovi Obilale, 26, was part of his country's squad making their way to Angola when their team bus was fired at repeatedly by separatist guerrillas in Cabinda province.
    He was hit twice in the back and - having since undergone seven operations to repair damage to his spine, liver, bladder and intestines - will never play football again.
    But, a year later, Obilale says he has had no contact from the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
    "There are people who just don't have hearts," he told the BBC World Service. "All they think of is counting their cash."
    Despite the BBC's repeated requests for an interview, Caf have so far declined to comment.

    They have, however, always maintained that Togo broke competition rules by travelling to their Nations Cup venue by road, and not - as stipulated - by air.
    At the time of the attack, Obilale - who is still undergoing intensive physiotherapy in a bid to walk without the aid of crutches - played semi-professionally for GSI Pontivy in the French Amateur Championship (CFA), the fourth tier of French football.
    But his contract expired at the end of last season, since when he has relied on donations and the generosity of his former international colleague, Emmanuel Adebayor, who has remained in regular contact since the attack.
    Obilale - who lives in France with his wife and two young children - did receive $100,000 from world governing body Fifa in November, and has also had financial assistance from the Togolese Football Federation (FTF), and the French Football Federation.
    But Obilale claims that the world of football is "rotten" and that nobody at the top of the game has taken any real interest in his future because he is not a big star.
    "Honestly, if my name was Samuel Eto'o or Didier Drogba it wouldn't be happening like this," he said.
    "Nobody would be offering me $25,000 [the sum FIFA originally offered] or $100,000. But it's because I play for Pontivy. [But] we all kick the same ball - it should be fair for everyone. They don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow, what my plans are. Nobody is asking.
    "I'm fighting every day to ask for fairness in all this, to get compensation and all that.
    "And everything I do, I do myself. I will have to shout for it. And that's why I say football is a rotten world."

    In a statement to the BBC, Fifa stressed that Caf was responsible for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
    "This tragedy took place during the Africa Cup of Nations, which is organised by Caf and not by Fifa," it read. "The regulations of the organiser are the ones which apply, and there are no specific Fifa regulations for such competitions."
    Asked if they had plans to offer Obilale additional financial or moral support, Fifa said details of correspondence with him would remain private.
    Obilale is also considering whether to instruct his lawyer to take action against the Togolese Football Federation (FTF).
    "The federation - nobody cares," he said. "I don't want to bite the hand that feeds me - they paid half my medical costs. But, for my future, nobody asks anything. Everyone stays quiet."
    The FTF is being run by a new executive that only took charge in November.
    Its first vice-president, Herve Pizza, said they had a plan to support Obilale, but admitted to the BBC they had not told him about it yet.

    "We want to give him a surprise, so that he understands all the board is entirely on his side," said Pizza.
    "He went [to Angola] as a footballer, to defend the national colours. It's right that the Federation should support him and look after him. That stands to reason completely. It's not a question of having lawyers and so forth."
    The FTF say they have helped to organise a requiem mass in the Togolese capital, Lome, for Saturday, the anniversary of the attack.
    Obilale says he has not been invited.

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    hm, this is why it sucks to be in African at times. I wish Kojdovi had a brave lawyer who would sue CAF, 2010 Orange Angola Cup of Nations-local organizing committee, and the Government of Angola.

    How i wish i was a lawyer, there are soooooo many avenues to go with such a lawsuit that left him paralyzed with

    *Missed wages from an otherwise prospering career as a premier international goalkeeper
    *Lack of security and no warning of pending attack
    *Not providing medical personal on the bus


    all go to the same place ;all come from dust and to the dust all return. who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?
    ecclesiastes 3:20-21 :-x

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    If only he could get a pro-bono attorney. You know getting a great attorney doesn't come cheap. As for CAF,they will definitely get theirs.

    Had it been for taking kickbacks and brown envelopes CAF will be first in line. What a shame !
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    some sh*t
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