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Togo peace shattered as Adebayor attacks coach

The fragile peace between Togo coach Didier Six and his star player Emmanuel Adebayor has been shattered following the team’s quarterfinal 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.’

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