Manchester City face Liverpool this afternoon in a game that may go a long way in determining who will finish fourth in this season’s Premier League. But star striker Emmanuel Adebayor has more solemn thoughts weighing on his mind, reliving the horrors of an ambush on his team’s coach on the way to the Africa Cup of Nations.
"I sent texts to my mum and dad saying 'I'm going to die'," Adebayor revealed on BBC1's Football Focus. "To explain what happened [on the coach] is difficult...you can't imagine the sound of the bullets.
"I have one more chance to be alive—but what God has given to you he can take back.”
Adebayor is clearly still reeling from the events in January, but explained that he was happy to be back with his team mates.
"When I came back to Manchester City all the players were very nice to me - they gave me more confidence,” said the Togolese forward. “But I have a different perspective on everything now. I'm happy to be alive.”
The Citizens front man revealed he is still recovering from the trauma, and that he doesn’t experience the same sense of joy he used to feel when scoring goals.
"When I scored a goal before the joy came into my body, it was an emotion. That's gone, I don't know why. I hope it comes back.
"I haven't lost my motivation for scoring goals but when I hear the noise (of the crowd celebrating) it's not giving me anything inside my body at all."
This is a concerning revelation, it does make you wonder if Adebayor should be playing if he feels like this. Are Manchester City being insensitive in their handling of the Togolese striker?
Is there anything in Adebayor’s statement that the players were very nice to him, and not the management or anybody else at the club? That’s probably reading too much into his statement, but it’s a question worth asking.
Adebayor’s team mate Carlos Tevez is currently in Argentina, having been granted compassionate leave due to the premature birth of his child. Roberto Mancini, the club’s manager, said he expects Tevez to miss the Liverpool game but to be back next week.
This strikes me as a touch insensitive, obviously I don’t know how the individuals involved feel about this, and they are professionals, but even still—if it was me I’d probably wouldn’t be too concerned about securing Champions League football at this moment.
Some things are more important than football, after all.