Ade feeling emotional impact
Emmanuel Adebayor has admitted he is struggling to cope emotionally with the attack on Togo's team bus.
Last Updated: 12/01/10 8:42pm
Emmanuel Adebayor admits that he has found it hard to come to terms with the gun attack on Togo's team bus.
The Manchester City striker was unhurt in the ambush but three people, including an assistant coach, were fatally wounded.
Four days after the attack, the 25-year-old says he is still feeling the emotional after-effects of the frightening ordeal.
"It is no good at all. Emotionally it is very difficult, but it is part of life," he said on Sky Sports News.
"This was one of the bad moments in my life. To be honest emotionally, it is very difficult to explain, very difficult to talk about."
Meanwhile, Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou has insisted that Togo were not disqualified from the African Nations Cup.
Togo returned home after the tragedy and seemed to have pulled out of the tournament but it was subsequently reported that they had a request to be reinstated turned down.
But Hayatou has now said that Togo decided to withdraw from the tournament of their own volition and were not disqualified by the CAF.
"When we heard the squad wanted to leave I told them that it wasn't a good thing. Life has to go on," he said.
"Of course what happened to them has affected their motivation and I understand their sadness but we have to say there is no better event than the African Nations Cup in Africa.
"Togo decided to leave and we told them we understand perfectly their decision and that we would respect it."
He added: "The day after the event I read in the press that Togo had decided to stay, that the players wanted to stay, then a few hours later we heard another decision; a decision of politics for them to leave. So that's why they left.
"Contrary to what people say, CAF did not disqualify Togo, Togo decided to quit. We regret what happened and wanted to have our brothers from Togo in the tournament.
"But we accept their decision."
Hayatou claimed that many of the reports released after the attack did not have a basis in fact and stated that he would meet with the competing nations to provide security assurances.
"There were true rumours, false rumours and all these rumours contributed to the increased feeling of fear," he said.
"We're going to meet the teams to assure them of our support and especially the enlargement of the security detail."