Adebayor: I will not risk my life to play for Togo in Africa Cup of Nations

The Tottenham striker was on the team bus during the 2010 attack which left three people dead, and says he will not play if the Togolese FA cannot improve its treatment of players
Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor will refuse to play for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations unless the country's FA ensures it is doing all it can to keep players safe - and insists his decision has nothing to do with money.

The national side suffered an horrific attack in Angola in 2010 which left three people travelling on the team bus dead, and the Spurs striker is desperate to avoid any more catastrophes.

And while some people have accused the star of refusing to play due to unpaid bonuses, he revealed he spends his own money to make sure other members of the national squad can travel to and from games.

"I am hearing people saying I do not want to go to the African Nations Cup because of unpaid bonuses," he told The Sun.

"I do not need a bonus from Togo - it is £1,000 per game. I would not refuse to play for my country over money.

"Sometimes I have to take responsibility and I have even helped pay bonuses.

"It is all about the organisation - or lack of it. There is only a five per cent chance I could go - I am not putting my life at risk."

Memories of the 2010 attack are still painful for Adebayor, and he does not feel the Togolese FA has done enough to avoid similar events from unfolding once again.

"I was on the bus in Angola when people died in front of me. I held them as they died.

"Even the government do not want to pay for the treatment for the people who survived. It is not right. It is a terrible situation. After we qualified for South Africa I told them we had to sort things out.

"I said we needed a good organisation otherwise I was not going. Now we are going to South Africa and nothing has changed."

The 28-year-old remembers having to wear armoured protection after that fateful day in 2010, but says he is unwilling to put his life on the line again if changes are not made immediately.

"I had to leave a team bus wearing a bullet-proof vest and a bullet-proof helmet. People wanted me dead. I was told I was the target.

"I retired from international football but people asked me to come back and use my experience - so I agreed.

"I kept telling the FA to get organised but they have not listened. I am glad we qualified again but I cannot risk everything."