EXPLAINATION: Emmanuel Adebayor
TOGO STRIKER Emmanuel Adebayor has defended his lateness back to the Spurs camp after the African Cup of Nations.
The Tottenham striker was fined by the club after failing to arrive on time from the competition. Despite Togo being knocked out of the tournament on February 3, Adebayor arrived back in London five days after.
The 28 year-old has not been in form for the North London side, and arriving 24 hours before the match against Newcastle United led to more scrutiny from the spurs faithful.
However, Adebayor has defended himself by claiming that the lack of organisation from the Togo Football Federation was the reason for his delay.
Adebayor said: “I read about, but, I was just trying to help my team-mates in the national team,” Adebayor. “It took us four days to get a plane. I had to call the president (Faure Gnassingbe) to tell him we had to leave South Africa.”
“He told us to get to the airport at 4pm. We did, and we ended up staying at the airport for more than 10, 12 hours.”
The former Arsenal and Manchester City man has only scored three times this season for Spurs, and has failed to show the same sort of form that warranted him a contract at the club after last season’s loan spell.