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21 April 2024

Angola knew Cabinda matches are risky, says World Cup chief


Angola knew the dangers of staging games in the restive Cabinda enclave and must take responsibility for the deadly gun attack at Africa's premier football event, the World Cup boss said yesterday.

"How long is it known that there is a separatist group in Angola for many many years? What are the possibilities of a terror attack? It was known," Danny Jordaan said.

"It is a responsibility of the host nation to deal with those issues," said Jordaan, who led a technical team to Angola in 2006 to assess its readiness for the tournament, on behalf of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

All the concerns about the tournament were included in a report handed over to CAF, he said. Jordaan again brushed off worries that the attack, killing the squad's assistant coach and media spokesman, could affect the World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa in June.

"What happened in Angola has nothing to with South Africa. Please judge us fairly," Jordaan, World Cup's chief organiser, said earlier.


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