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Orange to continue as Africa Cup of Nations sponsor

Orange are set to continue to be the headline sponsor of the Africa Cup of Nations despite the controversy surrounding the tournament.

The African football tournament was thrown into disarray over the weekend when news broke that gunmen had attacked the Togo team bus as it made its way from a training camp in the Republic of Congo to the venue in Cabinda City. Players on board included Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor

The attack overshadowed the start of the Cup of Nations and saw the Togo government call for its team to return home and not play. The team have been refused the opportunity to return to the tournament after a period of mourning.

A spokesperson for Orange said that the company was not reviewing its participation in the event and would continue to be headline sponsor.

Several players at the tournament have expressed anxiety about their personal safety, in the aftermath of the attack and some Premiership managers including Hull’s Phil Brown have called for their African players to return home.

The controversy has also awoken concerns surrounding the safety of the World Cup, which takes place in South Africa this summer.

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