Emmanuel Adebayor insists poor organisation by the Togo Football Federation, and not his own laziness, was the reason behind his late return to Tottenham after the Africa Cup of Nations.
What happened to Adebayor in the week after
Spurs fans tore into Adebayor for a perceived lack of commitment, but the striker insists he was not to blame.
Adebayor lifted the lid on the events of a bizarre week which saw him stranded in
Adebayor claims the TFF left him and his team-mates stranded in a hotel in
"I read about (criticism), but, I was just trying to help my team-mates in the national team," Adebayor said after Thursday night's 1-1 draw in
"We went out on the Sunday, then we tried to find a plane to go to
"It took us four days to get a plane. On Thursday I had to call the president (Faure Gnassingbe) to tell him we had to leave
"He told us to get to the airport at
"That's not my fault, I couldn't do anything. I can't just put something on my body and fly from
"I couldn't just abandon my team. We went to the quarter-finals of African Nations Cup, which was historical for my country.
"I could not just jump on a plane and come back to Tottenham, because the president of the country wanted to see us and congratulate us.
"I am the captain so I have to be there. So that's what I did. Then I got the flight the club sent to me."
Adebayor has often lashed out at the TFF over what he sees as an unprofessional approach to organising a national football team.
He was so worried that the federation would not organise sufficient security around the team in
Adebayor had to have face-to-face talks with President Gnassingbe before agreeing to play in the tournament.
"You want to think about football but that's not the case with
"That's what I have been doing for the last 10 years."
Things have not gone smoothly for Adebayor at club level this year either. Tottenham made Adebayor one of its top targets last northern summer after he scored 18 goals in 37 games, but since he moved to Spurs permanently, it has been a different story for the hitman.
The former Manchester City man has scored just three times this season. He has not shown the same energy and passion he displayed last term, leading to suggestions that he is not as committed to the club as he was last season.
Adebayor pays little attention to those theories, however.
"I've seen people dying in front of me. I've seen people with guns so I take 30,000 people abusing me as a joke," he said.
"It's a part of life. I'm used to it already.
"I get a tough time but I have to keep going because I could have been worse."
Tottenham's 1-1 draw in
The main priority for Spurs is beating Arsenal to fourth place in the English Premier League - something that Adebayor would take great pride in achieving.
He said: "For me it's a big opportunity to show people I was right to leave Arsenal, which means finishing on top of them. If that's with Tottenham it's even better."
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