|Full name||Kodjovi Dodji Obilalé|
|Date of birth||8 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Lomé, Togo|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|2003–2006||Étoile Filante de Lomé||?||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kodjovi Dodji Obilalé (born 8 October 1984) is a Togolese former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He last played for French amateur club GSI Pontivy. His career was cut short after he was severely injured in a bus attack against the Togolese team that took place in the Cabinda Province, Angola just days before the start of the 2010 African Cup of Nations.
Born in Lomé, Obilalé began his career with Chamois Niortais before signed a contract with FC Lorient in 2003. After one year in Lorient turned back to Togo and signed a contract with Étoile Filante de Lomé, where he played for three years. In July 2006 he returned to France moved to CS Quéven, where he played 39 games in one and a half years, before leaving the club in the summer of 2008 to sign a contract with GSI Pontivy.
Obilalé is a former member of the national team, and was called up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Obilalé was the only member of the World Cup squad to play for a club in Togo. He was capped five times by Togo in 2009.
2010 African Cup of Nations shooting
On 8 January, a bus carrying the Togo national football team to the African Cup of Nations was fired at by a group of rebel terrorists of Cabinda Province, Angola, just after they had crossed the Congo border. Obilalé was one of the two players who were reported to have bullet wounds. Defender Serge Akakpo, was the other player confirmed to have been shot. The driver of the bus was killed during the attack and the assistant coach and a spokesperson later died from their wounds. Later, Obilalé was reported dead by some sources including MSNBC.com; such reports were later dismissed by his club GSI Pontivy in a press announcement, stating the player was undergoing surgery in South Africa instead. Recent updates suggest that Obilalé's condition has improved following the shootout, and that he is "recovering well."
On March 2010 Obilalé returned to France to continue his rehabilitation at the Kerpape centre in Lorient; later on July he confirmed that, as a consequence of the shooting, he was still suffering serious walking problems, and that he did not think about football anymore. On 30 July 2010 his contract with French football club Pontivy expired, and he admitted he had serious financial issues. He also announced his intention of denouncing the Togo football federation on the grounds that it had neglected his situation. These concerns were also raised by a number of other former fellow players, including world star Emmanuel Adebayor who, according to Obilalé, regularly calls him and helps him financially on his own.
On 26 July 2010 Obilalé was homaged to take the kick-off during a friendly game between FC Lorient and Stade Rennais F.C., which was organized in order to raise funds for the rehabilitation structure where he was recovered. The game was attended by more than 3,000 people.
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