Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor has ruled himself out of participating in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after quitting the national team.
Report by DailyGuide Ghana Online
The Tottenham striker slapped-in his resignation letter on Saturday in a row with the federation over unpaid bonuses following a recent friendly match against Morocco.
Togo have been drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ to face Ivory Coast, Algeria and Tunisia in Durban but the lanky striker is unhappy with the federation over its handling of bonuses for the players.
Adebayor, the key component in Togo’s qualification for January’s competition in South Africa, says the atmosphere in the team will not help the Hawks perform well in the tournament in South Africa.
“Togo international and captain of the Sparrow Hawks Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor hereby brings to the notice of the general public that he is suspending his international career with Togo team,” the player said in a statement released by his public relations officer Amedodji Blaise in Lome.
“The atmosphere currently prevailing within the Hawks will not help the team achieve its set out objectives,” the statement concluded.
Last week Adebayor slammed the Togo FA for not paying players their bonuses after it was revealed that Morocco paid the West Africans 35,000 Euros for the friendly.
But the federation responded by saying that the money was used to buy air tickets for the players and pay for the hotel accommodation while they were in Morocco.
His decision is a huge blow to the Togo national team which struggled in the past without their inspirational captain.
The Tottenham forward scored one of the goals which gave Togo a 3-2 aggregate victory in a play-off against Gabon and secured their place at the African Cup of Nations in January.
Adebayor’s appearance in South Africa will be the climax of a big turnaround in his international career, given that he retired in 2010.
The 28-year-old was involved when the Togo team bus was fired upon on to the way to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, when three people were killed.
He retired from international duty four months later, but agreed to play for his country again in November 2011 after assurances from the Togo Football Federation regarding safety.
Togo have been drawn in Group D of the tournament which will be held between January 19 and February 10.