Togo national team coach, Tom Saintfiet has criticized star striker and skipper, Emmanuel Adebayor for snubbing the team in last Week’s Afcon qualifiers against Djibouti.
According to the Togo boss, Adebayor failed to show for the Hawk’s victory against Djibouti, despite being called-up for the crucial match. The snub was considered by Saintfiet as a sign that the embattled Tottenham Hotspur player is no longer committed to the national team.
“If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman. For me, it is clear that this is a player who does not want to play for his country anymore and he does not want his country to be qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations,” a frustrated Saintfiet bemoaned.
“He has agreed to play against Liberia, and not against Djibouti. For me, it is not the duty of a player to decide against which opponent he will play,” he adds.
Adebayor has endured a mixed relationship with his national side, suggesting that he may quit the team after being dropped as captain prior to June’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying victory over Liberia.
Although, the former Manchester City and Arsenal attacker scored the winner in the game, he stated afterwards that he was considering quitting the side over the captaincy issue.
Adebayor’s club future is also unclear after he was left out of Tottenham’s Premier League and UEFA Europa League squads for the coming season, following a failed summer transfer bid as well as offer from the club to terminate his contract on mutual agreement.
By Olisemeka Obeche