Adebayor not ready to quit Hawks

By Nick CavellBBC Sport, Nelspruit
Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor says he is not quitting international football despite his Africa Cup of Nations heartbreak.

The Togolese were sent packing after a 1-0 quarter-final defeat to Burkina Faso on Wednesday.

"I'm still young, I'm 29 so whenever my country needs me I'll be up for it, because I've started something and I have to finish it," he said.

"We were stopped in the quarter-finals, maybe next time we'll be in the final and win it.

"So for me it's never finished while I have the chance to win something."

Adebayor has had an on-off relationship with the Hawks due to his differences with Togo's football authorities.

He quit international football in the aftermath of the gun attack on the team by Angolan militants ahead of the 2010 Nations Cup.

The Tottenham striker was eventually persuaded to return to the national side a few months later.

However, in the build-up to this year's Nations Cup, he threatened not to play in South Africa after accusing his country's football bosses of being incompetent.

He was left out of the initial squad by coach Didier Six but was brought back into the fold at the insistence of the head of the Togo Football Federation.

Despite the shenanigans off the pitch, Adebayor feels that Togolese football is moving in the right direction and the future looks bright.

"It's [the future] looking good, with all the problems before coming to Afcon and we've showed character, good face and showed we are team that can play good football.

"I think I have done my best and physically I'm exhausted, but that's football.

"It's a tough one for all the players, for myself, for everyone but life goes on."

Togo's next challenge is a trip to Cameroon in March for a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Top Stories