Emmanuel Adebayor considering international retirement after Togo’s failure to quality for AFCON
Togolese captain and striker Emmanuel Adebayor has admitted he is now considering his international future after The Sparrowhawks failed to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt
The 35-year-old scored on Sunday as his country lost 2-1 in Benin to finish bottom of their group.
After the match, he told reporters he will return to his Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir to think about his future.
“I’ll think about what the near future has in store for me,” he said.
“I will make sure to keep in mind today’s nice moments and if this is the end of all then so be it.
“l started playing for the national team in 2000 and we are now in 2019. There have been some ups and downs; there were some regrets as well as some unforgettable moments.”
He added he has kept his shirt from Sunday’s match in case it proves to be his last match to fulfill a promise he made his daughter.
“The most important thing it is that l have kept the jersey and socks because l promised my eight-year-old daughter that the last shirt l wear for the national team and my club will be for her,” he explained.
“She has already sent me a message asking “Daddy where is my Jersey?” and l have told her that l have already kept it here.
“Now there is no need to talk about the end of my career but we should rather talk about Togo’s defeat.”
Adebayor reflected on a club career that has seen him play for clubs of the stature of Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid.
“I used to train once or twice a day when I was young now that I am getting older I realise that it is only through hard work training that you can succeed,” he said.
“I was lucky to play alongside players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Sol Campbell and they have all taught me that in football that if you want to last in football it is only through training.
“It’s true that before this game against Benin, some Togolese said that I have become too old.
“But if I am still playing for a Turkish club where I am among the better paid players, it is because I have a quality and I also contribute to play for that club.
The striker has represented Togo on 87 occasions, finding the back of the net 32 times.