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Fri Apr 18 10:06:37 SAST 2014

Togo peace shattered as Adebayor attacks coach

Sapa-AFP | 04 February, 2013 13:401 Comments
Burkina Faso v Togo - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-Final
Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo in action during the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal against Burkina Faso at Mbombela Stadium on February 03, 2013 in Nelspruit, South Africa
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The fragile peace between Togo coach Didier Six and his star player Emmanuel Adebayor has been shattered following the team’s quarter-final loss to Burkina Faso.

In the aftermath of Sunday’s 1-0 extra-time defeat, Adebayor rounded on the inexperienced Six in a no-holds-barred attack on the Frenchman’s style of management.

“The coach was not a help! Me, I was on the pitch, so I couldn’t do both jobs (coaching and playing).

“I tried to do my best, but it’s true he didn’t help us,” the Tottenham striker told French radio station RFI.

Adebayor’s sentiments were endorsed by Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, who in a not-so-veiled criticism of Six’s tactical nous said: “It’s not up to the players on the pitch to make changes.”

Togo’s build-up to the 2013 Nations Cup was dominated by a ’will-he-won’t-he’ saga involving Adebayor’s participation following a series of run-ins with the Togolese Football Federation over matters of security, management and bonuses.

Adebayor told RFI: “If the Togo team is organised in the best way possible, I will always be there for it.

“It’s true that I hear each time ’he’s coming, he’s not coming’ — but that’s because there are lots of problems.

“If these problems are resolved, I will be there.

“You’ve seen that I give the best of myself. I speak in the dressing room, I’m a leader, I’m the captain.” 

Adebayor, who scored once in Togo’s run to a first quarter-final appearance, added: “I’m disappointed, disgusted, beaten! 

“We came here with the idea of winning the Nations Cup, to go to the final and, unfortunately, we were knocked out by Burkina. The disappointment is more than enormous.” 

Despite his attack on Six, he insisted that now was not the time to look for scapegoats.

“The most important thing is to return home quietly and tomorrow we’ll see what everyone has to say.” 

On his international future, Adebayor said: “My international career is not stopping here. I’ve been in a Nations Cup quarter-final, now I think I’ve got the qualities to go to the semi-finals, and a final, and to win the title.

“But you know as well as I do that our management isn’t really up to that.

“With our performance at this Nations Cup, the country, the president of the republic, the fans have seen what we are capable of. Now it’s up to them to invest so that we can organise in the best manner possible.” 

Togo’s Cup campaign came to an end when Jonathan Pitroipa broke the deadlock on 105 minutes to book the Burkinabe a semi-final meeting with Ghana in Nelspruit on Wednesday.

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Adebayor should shut up. He's a lazy, useless fool. Score a few goals, then perhaps we'll heed your views.