African Footballer of the Year must be given to Players who Play in Africa, not Europe – Adebayor

Former Togo captain, Emmanuel Adebayor, says Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane should be winning the African Footballer of the Year Award because they do not play in Africa.

Adebayor, 36, won the coveted gong in 2008 while playing for Arsenal.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou (R) applauds as Arsenal striker and Togolese skipper Emmanuel Adebayor raise his trophy after being named African footballer of the year at the CAF award ceremony in Lagos on February 10, 2009. Adebayor, 25 later this month, beat final nominees Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt and Ghana’s Michael Essien in a vote that involved the national team coaches of CAF’s 54 member-nations. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Salah won the award twice in 2017 and 2018 while Mane is the current holder.

However, Adebayor feels the recognition to players in Europe is a misguided concept in his recent tirade against the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Since CAF took over the official award from France Football in 1992, no player based in Africa has won the title.

“I distanced myself from African football because of corruption and way of doing things that side,” he said, as per Kickoff, who referenced Egyptian outlet Kingfut.

“I only honour my country Togo. And if they invited me to any event that has anything to do with CAF I won’t show up because of the leaders of the organisation.

“How is Sadio Mane winning CAF Best Player Of The Year when he’s not African based, Lionel Messi has never won any continental individual trophy in his continent.”

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