Salifou still traumatised by bus attack

05 February 2010 08:18
Aston Villa midfielder Moustapha Salifou has found it difficult to sleep since being caught up in the deadly attack on the Togo team coach at the African Nations Cup. Salifou feared he was going to die after gunmen opened fire shortly after the coach had crossed the border into Angola. Three people, including the coach driver, died in the incident which led to Togo withdrawing from the competition. Salifou is back training with his Villa team-mates at Bodymoor Heath but he has still to play a game at any level since the attack and the memory of what occurred is never far from his mind. He said: "You have to try and move on from what happened and it is hard to forget. It is difficult to sleep at night. Since I came back here, I keep waking up at three or four o'clock in the morning. "I dream and think about what happened. I have been training and I watched the Carling Cup semi-final against Blackburn and the Arsenal game at Villa Park last week. I have to start playing again at some stage, with the reserves or whatever, but thoughts of what happened are never far away. I feel for the people who have died and been injured. I have to move on from this but it is not easy."

Source: PA