African Cup of Nations: Mali comeback stuns Angola while Togo return home

African Cup of Nations: Mali comeback stuns Angola while Togo return home

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African Cup of Nations: Mali comeback stuns Angola while Togo return home

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by TRAVIS CLARK

There was a somber mood over the opening of the Africa Cup of Nations, but they played on in spite of the attack on the Togo national team.

Angola was all over Mali for the first 75 minutes, scoring four goals to get the jump on their opponents. Amado Flavio scored two goals and Gilberto and Manucho added penalties to give the hosts a seemingly insurmountable lead.

And when Seydou Keita of Barcelona opened the scoring for Mali in the 79th minute it seemed like nothing more than consolation. But Mali wasn't done, and scored three in the final five minutes to draw the match at 4-4.

Highlights and an update of the Togo saga are after the jump.

Togo future remains unclear

In the wake of the horrendous attack of the Togo bus Friday, the national team departed Angola, but left the door open to return. Reports suggest that the team apparently made a decision to stay and honor the dead, but Togolese prime minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo and president Faure Gnassingbe ordered the team home.

While they have returned to Togo, the sports minister asked to keep the spot open. It's not clear how that will work with the team scheduled to begin play tomorrow against Ghana. At this point, it's assumed that the game is canceled.

What do you think of the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations? Shocked to see Mali come back? Will Togo return to the tournament?

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