Former Togo keeper to be given ‘hero’s burial’

Togo’s interior minister says former national team goalkeeper

Charles Balogou and the five other victims of Saturday’s bus crash

will be given a ”heroes’ burial.”

During a visit to the families of the dead, interior minister

and government spokesman Pascal Bodjona said Monday the six people

were ”martyrs of Togolese football.” A date for the burials is

yet to be announced.

The bus carrying players and officials of topflight club Etoile

Filante crashed on the way to a league game. It reportedly rolled

several times before plunging into a ravine and catching fire.

Ten players who sustained burns were released from Lome Central

Hospital on Monday. Goalkeeper Mama Souleyman said, ”We are

relieved to have escaped death but we are saddened by the loss of

our colleagues.”