Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made a poor first impression on new Togo coach Tom Saintfiet after failing to join up with the squad on time, the Daily Mail report.
The former Manchester City striker isn’t new to controversy, and he heads into his nation’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier coming off the back of a disappointing club campaign.
Adebayor failed to nail down a regular spot at Spurs and when a January transfer window switch to West Ham United looked to be on, owner Daniel Levy, as reported by the Metro, ultimately pulled the plug at the last minute.
After committing to Spurs for the final year of his contract, his attentions immediately turn to helping his country in an important fixture, but his lack of discipline hasn’t impressed the new boss.
“I saw him on Wednesday and Friday but he is not at the hotel,” the Belgian-born coach told a news conference in Lome on Friday.
“He is among the important players for the team but I cannot work with them when they are not in the squad. They should have the same discipline as others.”
Adebayor’s lack of discipline isn’t anything new, considering his Premier League side threatened to dish out a fine after the striker arrived back late from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as per the Daily Star.
That was one of a number of episodes involving the striker’s off-field issues, though both club and country have been aware for a long time of the sort of baggage the 31-year-old brings to the table.
Togo kick off their 2017 Cup of Nations qualifying campaign at home to Liberia in Lome, a game they will be thoroughly expecting to emerge as victors in.