Togo soccer players refuse qualifier in Libya

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In this Saturday, June 8, 2013 photo, Libyans help a wounded man during fighting outside the office of the Libya Shield pro-government militia in Benghazi, Libya. The violence which left dozens of people dead broke out Saturday when protesters stormed a base belonging to Libya Shield, a grouping of pro-government militias tasked with maintaining security. The protesters were demanding militias leave their camp and submit to the full authority of Libya's security forces. (AP Photo)

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo players are refusing to play a World Cup qualifier in Libya after recent violence there led FIFA to move Friday's game from Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli.

Alexis Romao of Marseille and Jonathan Ayite of Brest flew back to France from Togo, citing security worries for not wanting to travel to Libya. Togolese players want the match moved out of Libya.

Togo soccer has been affected by recent tragedies; a helicopter crash at Sierra Leone's Lungi airport in 2007 and an attack on the team bus in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda in 2010.

Togo captain Serge Akakpo says "after what we went through in Lungi and Cabinda ... you must understand that we are right to refuse to take any risk."