Emmanuel Adebayor has said he won’t be coerced into donating to the coronavirus fight in his country.
The Togo legend currently playing for Paraguayan giants, Olimpia who recently faced criticisms for his failure to contribute financially to his country, Togo’s covid-19 fight was also compared to his counterparts, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o who have made massive investments through their respective foundations in Ivory Coast and Cameroon.
"Why are you asking me to do a charity? I do what my heart asks me to do, not what you people ask me to do."
Emmanuel Adebayor has defended his refusal to donate to Togo's coronavirus fight. pic.twitter.com/ezwHy53umz
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“I am compared with Drogba and Eto’o,” he said on Facebook Live. “However, I am neither of them. I am Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor and I will always do what I want. I do what I want, I eat what I want, and this is the most important thing. Of course, there will be those who criticise me because I did not create a foundation in Lome.”
The former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker continued, “For those saying I do not donate, let me be very clear: I do not donate. It is very simple. It is like some people believe that I brought coronavirus to Lome. It is very unfortunate but that is how it is and that is how this country is. I’m just living my life, I’m just enjoying myself. A lot of people are coming on my page and asking why are you not doing a charity.”
He added: “For God’s sake. Why are you asking me to do a charity? I do what my heart asks me to do, not what you people ask me to do. I hate it. If I have 10,000 in my pocket and someone comes across my page and will say use that 10,000 to do something. Whatever you have in your pocket, use it as you wish. It’s as simple as that.”