CAS to take time over Togo appeal

BERNE - Togo's request for an urgent hearing into its appeal against a ban from the next two Nations Cup tournaments was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday.

The Togolese federation had asked CAS to make a provisional ruling before Saturday's draw for the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers.

But CAS said in a statement that, as the matches would not start until September, there would be time to include Togo if the eventual decision went in favour of the West African team.

Togo was banned by the Confederation of African Football for withdrawing from last month's tournament in Angola after two members of their delegation and the team bus driver died in an ambush in the province of Cabinda.