Emmanuel Adebayor slams Togo FA over match bonus row

The Sparrow Hawks captain has denounced the nonpayment of bonuses to players, warning it might affect their preparations for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations

Emmanuel Adebayor, who returned to Togo national team in August after more than a year of absence, has condemned the football federation’s nonpayment of match bonuses to players following their successful 1-0 win in a friendly match against Morocco on November 14.

The Tottenham forward, who carries the hopes of the West African nation for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nation, said what forced him to quit the outfit in the past was coming back to the fold and might affect their groundwork for next year’s tournament.

“It’s a pity that these attitudes did not disappear for good. At the Togo football federation everybody thinks of their pocket. Could you imagine that no player has been paid bonuses for our win over Morocco during November 14 friendlies,” the 28-year-old striker told Lome-based Frequence 1 FM via telephone from London on Sunday.

“I don’t know how we can prepare for the 2013 Afcon in this condition. I feel so bad when my team mates come to ask me to pay their bonuses which were supposed to be handled by the FA. I called the Togo FA president Gabriel Ameyi to get some clarification but he told me he’s got no bonuses on him whatsoever to pay players.

“Later I called the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to see if anything happened. They told me they had paid out €35,000 to Togo officials meant for players’ bonuses. Who should I believe here? Why on earth would the Moroccan officials lie to me?” He said.

Togo qualified for the tournament after defeating Gabon 3-2 on aggregate in the final round, and will open their campaign against 2012 finalists Cote D’Ivoire before facing the two other members of Group D Algeria and Tunisia.