The debate on the career of Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor resurfaces after his visit this week to one of his former coaches in Lomé. The former Arsenal stricker is criticized by some of his fans for calling the Togolese technician his first coach.
During his visit, the legendary striker took the opportunity to inspire youngsters, who hope to succeed in football, while spending time with the man who developed his skills. As usual, he then took to social media to share his excitement.
“Revisiting my old pitch and reconnecting with my first coach brought back so many great memories! Grateful for the lessons I learned and excited to share my experiences with the next generation,” he wrote in a post on Wednesday.
It is a verdict that should end the debate over claims that the football star started in Ghana.
Despite this publication, in the comments section, Internet users do not stop criticizing each other. “Akousa cannot be his first coach,” blurted out a user who claims Sheyi started out at Ghana’s Aflao Gold Stars club instead.
It should only be noted that sheyi, being born and raised in Kodjovia Copé near the border of Aflao, will obviously have the chance to train as a young footballer, in the two neighboring countries.
Adebayor Sheyi’s beautiful journey
It is not for nothing that the footballer is claimed by Ghana and also Nigeria, the country of origin of his parents. Sheyi had great achievements with Togo.
For the time being, Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor is arguably the greatest player to come out of the small West African country.
The 39-year-old has enjoyed a stellar career overseas, including in Europe, playing for AS Monaco, Arsenal and their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
He also played for Manchester City before joining Crystal Palace. The Togolese legend was also briefly ‘loaned’ to Real Madrid during the 2010/11 season.
Crowned African player of the year in 2008, SEA won the Copa del Rey in 2011 with Los Blancos. His greatest achievement with the Togolese national team was leading his country to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.