Togo captain Adebayor have criticised Coach Didier Six's decisions and management style following the 1-0 extra time loss to Burkina Faso in the Africans Nations Cup quarterfinals on Sunday and he gesticulated to the coach and his technical team as he left the field.
The two hardly got off to the best of starts when Six left Adebayor our
of his original squad but was overruled by the president of the
country's FA who insisted Adebayor should be included.
During the tournament Adebayor told the media he was the true leader of
the squad and the striker gave an interview to French Radio station RFI
"The coach was not a help," the Tottenham Hotspur forward said. "Me, I
was on the pitch, so I couldn't do his job and mine, I couldn't coach
and play. I tried to do my best, but he didn't help us."
Six, when asked about his relationship with Adebayor after the match, replied;
"You will have to ask Adebayor that. "I took them (the team) to a place where they had never been before,"
referring to Togo's first appearance in a Nations Cup quarter-final.
Togo achieved their best performance in the finals by getting past the group stage for the first time in seven attempts.
But their build-up was overshadowed by doubts about whether Adebayor
would play as he was at loggerheads with the FA over bonuses and the
Although there was much conjecture among the Togolese media about
whether their one world-class player would continue his international
career, Adebayor said he was keen to do so.
"My international career is not stopping here. I've been in a Nations
Cup quarterfinal, now I think I've got the qualities to go to the
semifinals, and a final, and to win the title.
"But you know as well as I do that our management isn't really up to that.
"With our performance at this Nations Cup, the country, the president of
the republic, the fans have seen
what we are capable of. Now it's up to
them to invest so that we can organise in the best manner possible.
"If the Togo team is organised in the best way possible, I will always
be there for it. It's true that I hear each time 'he's coming, he's not
coming' - but that's because there are lots of problems. If these
problems are resolved, I will be there.
"You've seen that I give the best of myself. I speak in the dressing room, I'm a leader, I'm the captain."
Adebayor's sentiments were endorsed by Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, who
in a not-so-veiled criticism of Six's tactical nous said: "It's not up
to the players on the pitch to make changes."