Togo coach Tom Saintfiet has revealed his frustrations with some of his star players, including top striker and skipper Emmanuel Adebayor, ahead of the Sparrow Hawks’ opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia in Lome on Sunday June 14.
The young Belgian gaffer is unimpressed by the seeming lack of discipline and commitment shown by the Tottenham star as well as the France-based duo of goalkeeper Kossi Agassa midfielder Floyd Ayite.
Saintfiet was upset that the three players were yet to report in camp by Friday, despite his having sighted Adebayor in Lome.
“I saw him (Adebayor) on Wednesday and Friday but he is not at the hotel,” Saintfiet told the media on Friday.
“He is among the important players for the team but I cannot work with them when they are not in the squad. They should have the same discipline as others,” the former Namibia and Ethiopia coach added.
“To me, discipline is very important in life. And that’s what I am already trying to impregnate in the team. Discipline is important both for the players, the staff, etc. Discipline is everything to me. All players must be proud to be selected and accept the rules. I want each player to know it’s special to be selected for his country,” Saintfiet remarked.
“I have no problem with any player. Already I do not know everyone yet so I cannot begin to know who is who and who does what. Since we assembled on Sunday, I’m happy to have those who are there.”
Togo are in Group A alongside Liberia, Tunisia and Djibouti.
Story by Ghana/Joy Sports/Gary Al-Smith
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