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Togo are set to compete in the next African Cup of Nations after a peace deal was brokered by Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

The president of the Confederation of African Football is to ask for the ban which prevents Togo from competing at the next two tournaments to be lifted.

The president will ask the CAF executive committee at its meeting on 15th May to lift the sanctions after a settlement was reached today between the Togo Football Federation and CAF following mediation initiated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

As part of the agreement, the TFF agreed it did not comply with CAF competition regulations over their withdrawal from the 2010 tournament earlier this year.

Togo withdrew from the tournament in Angola in January following a terrorist attack on their team bus which left three people dead.


Blatter, who led the mediation hearing, said in a press release issued by CAS: "I am very pleased that we have been able to find a solution which is satisfactory for both parties.

"The success today is for the entire football community, in particular for African football.

"This shows that we can solve internal disputes within the football family for the benefit of all those who are involved in our game, and in particular for the players."

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb added: "Considering the emotional circumstances surrounding this case, it was very important for the parties to find a reasonable solution to put an end to their dispute.

"This is good news for the players of the Togolese team as well as for the CAS which has been able to bring this mediation to a successful conclusion."

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