Adebayor: Togo ready to pull out of ANC

By Gordon Tynan
Saturday 09 January 2010 05:19

Emmanuel Adebayor admitted a lot of hisTogo team-mates wanted to pull out of the African Nations Cup at the earliest opportunity following the attack on their team bus in Angola yesterday in which two players were shot and their bus driver was killed.

The Manchester City striker, who revealed the terrifying attack en route to the team’s base in the Cabinda province lasted 30 minutes, said: “I think a lot of players want to leave, I don’t think they want to be at this tournament any more because they have seen their death already.

Most of the players want to go back to their family. “No-one can sleep after what they have seen today. They have seen one of their team-mates have a bullet in his body,who is crying, who is losing consciousness and everything. “So we will have a good meeting tonight [last night], everyone will go to their room, they will rest and we will see tomorrow morning we will make a decision which is good for our life.”

Adebayor praised the security forces who were with the team, saying that he believed he would not have survived without their protection. “To be honest without the security then I would not be here talking.

Maybe you would be talking to my dead body. The security have done their job quite well,” he said. The tournament will go ahead with or without Togo, a spokesman for organisers the Confederation of African Football said last night. “Our first priority is the safety of the players but the tournament will go ahead,” CAF spokesman Suleimanu Habubu said.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments