Posted by News Express | 22 May 2015 | 4,334 times
Series of allegations made by troubled former African Footballer of the Year Emmanuel Adebayor against his family over Facebook in recent weeks have prompted concerns over his mental state, The Telegraph of London has reported.
“Friends and confidants of Adebayor are worried about his recent actions and claim he is not listening to advice or efforts to help, although he has consulted with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba about his problems,” the paper said in a report published yesterday.
It noted that Adebayor has been granted compassionate leave by English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur for a second time this season to return to Togo to sort out his personal issues.
“Tottenham want to sell Adebayor during the summer, meaning he could have already played his last game for them, but the club’s immediate concern is the player’s well-being,” the paper said, adding:
“It is hoped that giving Adebayor time off to clear his head and return to his homeland will allow the 31-year-old to sort out his problems and grievances in time to return to pre-season training, either at Tottenham or with another club, in the correct frame of mind.
“Rejecting claims that he had evicted his mother from his house in Africa, Adebayor claimed people were attempting to direct witchcraft, or Juju, at him.
“Adebayor was then given compassionate leave by Spurs in December after a close family member was taken seriously ill.
“Having taken a week off, Adebayor returned to Tottenham before Christmas but has made only five appearances since then, starting just one game.
“Adebayor still has a year remaining on his Spurs contract and chairman Daniel Levy faces the prospect of having to take a financial hit on the former Arsenal man to offload him this summer.
“There is virtually no prospect of any clubs agreeing to match Adebayor’s £100,000-a-week wages, which means Levy can expect to pay out at least £2.5 million to cover the shortfall on his remaining 12 months.”
There is growing concern that Adebayor’s Facebook messages will put off any interested clubs, The Telegraph reported.
I recalled that in his first Facebook post, Adebayor accused younger brother Rotimi of taking 21 mobile phones from a French football academy. That was followed by a second message in which Adebayor claimed Rotimi stole a shirt given to him by the late Marc-Vivien Foe, a signed jersey that belonged to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane and a £25,000 Cartier necklace.
In the third post, released this week, Adebayor said arguments with his brothers Kola and Peter, who died in July 2012, got so bad they drove him to consider taking his own life.
“Many times I wanted to give up,” wrote Adebayor. “Ask my sister Iyabo Adebayor how many times I have called and was ready to commit suicide.
“I kept these stories for years. But if I die, no one would know my story, no one would learn from it. Some people say I should keep these stories private, but someone has to sacrifice himself, someone has to talk about it.”
•Photo shows Emmanuel Adebayor.
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