Remember Emmanuel Adebayor? Of course you do, he was so damn good and charismatic. The former Arsenal star has revealed why he chose Togo over France.
Like a handful of West African players, Adebayor had a French nation connection. Perhaps more than many other players because he actually represented Les Bleus as a junior international on several occasions.
The former center forward eventually came at a point where he had to decide to either play for France or Togo at senior level.
“I had made my choice long time ago because since I was playing for under-15, I don’t have a choice.” the 37-year-old told 3Sports.
“Why did they give me a choice to play for France or Togo, I told them forget it, its never going to happen. I cant’ see myself playing for a national team of France.
“I’d have to go back home. I’m from Togo and I was born in Togo. So for me, I will die as an African so telling them those things but they have to decide what they want.
“People will tell them don’t go it’s a (expletive) tournament. How do you see it? I see it just like a World Cup.
“That’s why I always said I want to beat the record in Togo, which I have done. I played five Africa Cup of nations. Only two or three to do that, so for me that’s what made me happiness.
“So I think my brothers will have to decide and tell them this is not a game.
“I am going back home, this is about the motherland and there is nothing better than motherland. At that point they have to stick on that and say it loud and clear,” the man known as ‘Ade’ concluded.
Meanwhile, Togo failed to make this year’s AFCON but will be hoping to return in the 2023 edition.