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Adebayor Togo future in doubt

Published On 18/06/2015 | By Liam Chambers | AFCON, Africa, Best of the Rest, International, Latest News, Top Stories

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor would “rather quit” playing for Togo than lose his place in the Hawks team.

The 31-year-old was stripped of captaincy on the day of Togo’s Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifier against Togo, upsetting the former Arsenal man.

“I need to know whether he really needs me in the team or not.” Adebayor told BBC Sport.

“I have been the captain for seven or eight years and then one morning I’m told I won’t be the captain – that means that we can go to Djibouti and he will put me in the stands.”

Adebayor has been troubled with family problems in recent months, which saw him dismissed from club duty at the back end of the season.

This could have had an effect on Togo coach Tom Saintfiet’s decision to hand the captain’s armband to Mathieu Dossevi instead.

“From now on, I will never captain this team again,” Adebayor continued.

“To tell me on the day of the match that I will not captain the team then it is very disrespectful”.

Saintfiet has played down the issue, telling BBC Sport: “He does not necessarily need to have the captain’s armband when he plays – he is the captain and the greatest Togolese player.

“He has played today as a great captain without armband.”

This has thrown both his club and international career up in the air, with the Togo star set to leave White Hart Lane this summer.

 

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