African football leadership reigns on Corruption

  • Togolese star Emmanuel Adebayor blasted his compatriots last week who’d requested him to contribute towards eradicating the coronavirus pandemic. The forward now claims African football is led by corrupt people.
Emmanuel Adebayor, CAF

The former Arsenal and Real Madrid Star insisted that only his country Togo matters but not Africa. He blasts that he has nothing with everything to do with CAF.

“I distanced myself from African football because of corruption and way of doing things that side. I only honor my country Togo. And if they invited me to any event that has anything to do with CAF I won’t show up because of the leaders of the organization,” he said.

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Adebayor controversially claimed that Liverpool’s Sadio Mane did not deserve to win the Africa Player of the year award.

He stated, “How is Sadio Mane winning CAF Best Player Of The Year when he’s not African based, Lionel Messi has never won any continental individual trophy in his continent. In my whole footballing years, I’ve seen European players who were amazing and they played in America they never made the nominees. But in Africa, an African who is based in Europe and then he wins African awards. How is that?”

He continues to say, “In Brazil, Neymar can’t win Brazilian player of the season but can win Brazilian player of the year, so when they include all the countries in that continent and makes Neymar the best player what about the players who are based in that continent.”


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Adebayor explained that CAF stands for the Confederation Of African Football. He was surprised by how Salah and Mane won the award. He said, “How Mane and Salah win it is way out of my worst imagination. That award belongs to African (based) players and not those based outside Africa.”

However, this is not a surprise coming from Adebayor who is now based in Paraguay. He is known for his outspoken nature. He has in the past accused his Mum and Brother of engaging in witchcraft to slow down his career.

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