Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday January 13 2010
City's Emmanuel Adebayor has made another interview in an attempt to further explain his difficult situation. To the dismay of many rival fans, he wore a Manchester City shirt...
The big striker held an interview with Sports Network TV and subsequently Sky News today and told the media he needs more time to recover from the shocking trauma of last week.
Togo's assistant boss, bus driver and press officer were all murdered and the big man is clearly deeply affected:
'If it meant going back (to Manchester) tomorrow, I wouldn't be capable of giving everything that I've got. At the moment, I'm just sweating every day and every day that God made. At the moment, I can't even eat — I'm losing weight, which is very difficult for everyone. I will take time and I will come back on the pitch at the right time, and I think my (City) boss and my team understand that is the most important thing.
'And they know I need time to recover from this, and at the moment I am just staying home with all my Togo team-mates. We are together.'
Adebayor revealed that his press officer died in his arms:
'It is difficult because my personal press officer died in my hands, that is the worst image I have had in my life.'
The big man contacted the excellent MCFC Communications Team who have subsequently been in contact with VMC today to say that he is deeply touched by the impeccably observed minutes silence afforded to Togo before the Blackburn game on Monday and is seriously concerned he has upset City's fans.
Explaining away the Arsenal shirt, Ade revealed that he lost all his luggage in the sustained 30 minutes machine gun attack:
"I realised this morning when I woke up that I was wearing an Arsenal shirt yesterday. What happened was that on the Angola border, we left all our baggage on the bus and ran away. So I had nothing to wear and the first person I asked gave me that shirt. I didn't even realise what I was wearing. Even yesterday, instead of going to my room to sleep I went to the wrong room.
"Everyone is confused about what happened. In our heads we don't know what we are doing."
City manager Mancio has admirably led the way in underlining the support of the club who are rallying around the Blues striker:
"I am in no rush. He has lived through a terrible tragedy. You can imagine the shock of a terrorist shooting at your bus and at some of your closest friends. What counts more than anything is the man and he was extremely distressed."
Adebayor's interview today has put a lot into perspective and this correspondent for one is feeling somewhat embarrassed at initially being horrified to see our striker in that shirt. No doubt many others who have posted here today will be feeling equally sheepish.
May the matter now be closed and understanding prevail.
The Guardian Link: Press Association Photo of Ade in City Away Shirt
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