Emmanuel Adebayor Retires From Togo National Team

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Apr 12, 2010

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has announced his immediate retirement from the Togo National Team after admitting that he is “still haunted” by the deadly machine gun attack on the team at the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola last January.

Via Yahoo

“Following the tragic events during January’s African Cup of Nations, in which two of my fellow countrymen were killed by terrorists in Angola, I have made the very difficult decision to retire from international football,” Adebayor said in a statement released by Manchester City. “I have weighed up my feelings in the weeks and months since the attack, and I am still haunted by the events which I witnessed on that horrible afternoon on the Togo team bus.

“We were just footballers going to play a football match and represent our country, yet we were attacked by people who wanted to kill us all. It is a moment I will never forget and one I never want to experience again.”

The 26-year-old Adebayor, whose team did not qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, made his international debut in 2000.

“Togo have some very talented players, and I dearly hope the players who remain will be able to put their memories of Angola behind them and go on to be a success for the nation,” the former Arsenal player said. “I have enormous belief in each and every one of them, players, coaches, staff and their families.

“The people who were on that coach together will forever be joined by a special bond—we are all brothers. I will always have the team and the people of Togo close to my heart and wish them every success in the challenges that they will face in the future.”

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