Chelsea striker Didier Drogba maintains the African Nations Cup must continue, even though the machine gun attack on the Togo team bus has left everyone "shattered".
Togo's Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo has denied the country want to re-enter the tournament in Angola, having pulled out after three members of the group were left dead last Friday.
Concerns have been raised over the safety of the team's remaining, many of whom have top European stars in their squad.
Ivory Coast are set to play their opener against Burkina Faso in the troubled Cabinda province later today.
Drogba said on www.skysports.com: "We are ready, but the events of Friday have left us shattered.
"I have spoken with (Togo and Manchester City striker) Emmanuel Adebayor and it was a difficult situation for them.
"We have to show solidarity with them, though, and support the decision they have taken.
"We are all sad to see them leave the biggest competition for African players, but that is life."