Manchester City man decides to retire from international football.
Manchester City and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has announced his retirement from international football.
The decision comes three months after the gun attack on the Togo team bus during this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, in which two people died.
A statement from the 26-year-old said: “Following those tragic events… I have made the very difficult decision to retire from international football.
“I am still haunted by the events I witnessed on that horrible afternoon.”
He added: “I have weighed up my feelings in the weeks and months since the attack.
“We were just footballers going to play a football match and represent our country, yet we were attacked by people who wanted to kill us all.
“It is a moment I will never forget and one I never want to experience again.
“For nine years I have played for the Togo team and, despite the events in Angola, I have some very good memories of my international career.
“I feel very proud to have been trusted with the position of captain of the Togolese football team. Leading your country in international competition is the ultimate honour for any player.
“The people who were on that coach together will forever be joined by a special bond – we are all brothers.
“I will always have the team and the people of Togo close to my heart and wish them every success in the challenges that they will face in the future.” (BBC Sport)
You can hardly blame Emmanuel Adebayor from deciding to quit international football, one can barely imagine just how anyone aboard that coach must have felt both as they came under attack but also in the aftermath of the tragedy. The fact that the African governing body then decided to ban Togo for pulling out of the Nations Cup was just incredible and can not have helped matters.
I am sure anyone can fully understand Emmanuel’s decision and I wouldn’t be surprised if others from the Togo national team felt the same way, sometimes football just has to take a back seat. When something so tragic occurs It can not be so easily swept to one side and I for one can not imagine how tough it would be to then represent your country after such a devastating incident.