Nigeria born Togolese striker, Emmanuel Adebayor has accused the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF for choosing the wrong players to win the Africa Footballer of the year for the past three editions, adding that the award should be reserved for players who ply their careers in the continent, Bestchocesports.com.ng can report.
Senegalese attacker, Sadio Mane is the current holder of the award. He dethroned former back-to-back winner, Egypt’s Mohammed Salah to win the award in January this year.
But Togo striker, Adebayor believes that the reason the two Liverpool players won the awards was because of corruption in the organisation of the award.
The former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker said that he would never attend any event organised by CAF of the leadership.
“I distanced myself from African football because of corruption and way of doing things that side. I only honour my country Togo. And if they invited me to any event that has anything to do with CAF I won’t show up because of the leaders of the organization.
“How is Sadio Mane winning CAF Best Player Of The Year when he’s not African based. Lionel Messi has never won any continental individual trophy in his continent. In my whole footballing years I’ve seen European players who were amazing and they played in America they never made the nominees. But in Africa, an African who is based in Europe and then he wins African awards. How is that?”
“Players like should be honoured in FIFA awards regardless of their continents because that’s just what FIFA is for. In Brazil Neymar can’t win Brazilian player of the season but can win Brazilian player of the year, so when they include all the countries in that continent and make Neymar the best player what about the players who are based in that continent. “
“CAF stands Confederation Of African Football. How Salah and Sadio win it is way out of my worst imagination. That award belongs to African players. You can’t separate it. Africa is a hell hole,” he said
It could be recalled that the former Manchester City forward wan the Africa Footballer of the Year in a controversial circumstances in 2008 while he was playing for Arsenal at an awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria.
Adebayor beat final nominees Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt who was expected to win the award after winning the Africa Cup Nations, and the CAF Champions League with Egypt and Al-Ahly, respectively and Ghana’s Michael Essien as the final last three men.