But how long will Western press continue to view Africa as if it is the size of England?
In a radio interview Irvin Khoza, chairman of the 2010 local organising committee, stressed the distance between his country and Angola.
"The challenge posed by the attack is the misconception that Africa is a country, not a continent," he told SA FM.
"People in the world are thinking of Africa as one country... we don't share the same border with Angola... it's not even close to South Africa," he said.
It is more than 1,500 miles (2,500 km) from Luanda to Pretoria - with Namibia or Botswana sitting in between the two nations.
The attack on the Togolese team has no bearing or connection to what may or may not happen in South Africa this summer. It is like taking the attempted bombing on the flight to Detroit and then ask if people should be worried about flying to Switzerland.