Kodjovi Obilalé

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Kodjovi Obilalé
Personal information
Full name Kodjovi Dodji Obilalé
Date of birth (1984-10-08) 8 October 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Lomé, Togo
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
2001–2003 Chamois Niortais
2002–2003 Lorient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Étoile Filante de Lomé ? (?)
2006–2008 CS Quéven ? (?)
2008–2010 GSI Pontivy 12 (0[2])
National team
2006-2010 Togo 5 (0)
* 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.[3] 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.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lomé,[4] Obilalé began his career with Chamois Niortais[5] before signed a contract with FC Lorient in 2003.[6] After one year in Lorient turned back to Togo and signed a contract with Étoile Filante de Lomé,[7] where he played for three years.[8] In July 2006 he returned to France moved to CS Quéven,[9] 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.[10]

International career[edit]

Obilalé is a former member of the national team,[11] 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.[12]

2010 African Cup of Nations shooting[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14] Later, Obilalé was reported dead by some sources including MSNBC.com;[15] such reports were later dismissed by his club GSI Pontivy in a press announcement, stating the player was undergoing surgery in South Africa instead.[16][17] Recent updates suggest that Obilalé's condition has improved following the shootout, and that he is "recovering well."[18]

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.[19] 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.[19]

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.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kodjovi Obilale Un Epervier Porteur D’Espoir Et D’Avenir". Sylviocombey.wordpress.com. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kodjovi Dodji Obilale at". Foot-national.com. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Avec la disparition désastreuse de DTFOOT , les amoureux des stats" (PDF). Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Playerhistory Profile". Playerhistory.com. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kodjovi Obilalé Dodji. Un Epervier en Bretagne". Letelegramme.com. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Jurriën Schuiringa. "UPDATE: Reserve-doelman Obilalé nog in leven". Voetbalcentraal.nl. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Football: de la fiche de Kodjovi Obilalé". Lequipe.fr. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Transfert : Obilalé à Pontivy !". Globalsport-togo.com. Retrieved 15 March 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Football : Kodjovi Obilalé, l'oiseau rare de Pontivy" (in French). Lorient.maville.com. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Effectif Football Pontivy GSI". Pontivy-football-gsi.com. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Coupe d'Afrique des nations. Kodjovi Obilalé, l'oiseau rare de Pontivy" (in French). Ouest-france.fr. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Obilalé, Kodjovi Dodji". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Reeves, Nick (8 January 2010). "Gunmen wound four in attack on African football stars". Google.com. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Togo withdraw from Africa Cup of Nations". BBC News. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Goalkeeper, Assistant Coach And Press Officer Reported Dead After Togo Bus Shooting". Goal.com. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Kodjovi Obilalé n'est pas décédé des suites de ses blessures (Agence AFP)". Pontivy-football-gsi.com. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  17. ^ Togolese Goalkeeper In S.Africa For Treatment
  18. ^ "Togo 'keeper Obilale "recovering well" in hospital". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Togo : Obilalé, le rêve brisé" (in French). Afrik Foot. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "Plus de 3 000 spectateurs pour Lorient-Rennes" (in French). Ouest-France. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.