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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma denounced the "shocking and unacceptable" attack on Togo's football team in Angola but said it would not affect South Africa's hosting of the World Cup.
Zuma arrived in Luanda yesterday for the opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations, the continent's premier football event that was plunged into tragedy two days ago when separatist rebels killed two members of Togo's squad.
The president reiterated that South Africa remains 100percent ready to host the Fifa World Cup, and dismissed speculation that the Angolan incident had any bearing on the World Cup tournament in South Africa," his office said
"The shocking and unacceptable attack on the Togolese team should not be blown out of proportion, but should serve as impetus for the African continent and the world at large to work even harder to rid the world of terrorist activity and violence wherever it surfaces," it said.
The Nations Cup was set to kick off as scheduled late yesterday with a match between Angola and Mali, although Togo's government has ordered its squad to return home after the shooting in the restive northern enclave of Cabinda.
Zuma yesterday offered condolences to the government and people of Togo over the shooting, the statement said.
"He wished members of the team and entourage a speedy recovery.
"He also extended support to the Angolan government in its ongoing hard work of bringing about total peace and stability in the country." Sapa-AFP