Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made a series of astonishing accusations against his family and refuted claims that he turned his back on them.
In an 877-word Facebook post, Adebayor claims one brother, Rotimi, stole 21 mobile phones from a French football academy he had got him a place in.
The Premier League ace says he was not allowed to see his now-deceased sibling Peter when he was ‘seriously ill’ and was instead told by his mother to ‘just give money’.
He also says he paid for another brother, Kola, to fly to Africa from Germany to attend Peter’s funeral but he did not show up.
The 31-year-old Premier League striker, who played down reports suggesting he kicked his mother out of his house back in November, also listed the items he has bought his family during his time as a professional footballer.
Adebayor insists he has decided to alert the public of his argument with his family in order to ensure ‘other African families learn from this’.
The Togo international, who returned to first team action against Manchester City on Sunday after spending just under two months on the sidelines, reveals incredibly personal matters in his statement.
He highlights how he paid for his mother to travel to London for medical checks, let his sister stay in his $1.2million house in Ghana and helped one of his brothers set up a business, as well as paying for his children’s education.
Adebayor, who moved to England in 2006 when he signed for Tottenham’s arch-rivals Arsenal, also claims he sent his mother away for a week’s stay with Nigerian faith healer T. B. Joshua – only for her to leave after just two days.
Adebayor, who recently met up with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to discuss his problems, goes on to say he has set up a foundation in Africa ‘just in case I die’.
WHAT EXACTLY IS JUJU?
Juju is a word used in West Africa to refer to spells used as part of witchcraft. Juju is said to have started during the days of slavery but is still part of African tradition.
In a separate Facebook post, Adebayor says: ‘Many people requested that I take advice from the living legend.
‘Recently, I sat down with the man himself and the main advice he gave me was to do what pleases me and what makes me happy. Moreover, I should also tell my family [@Kola Adebayor, @Roten De Lux Adebayor and @Lucia Adebayor] to go find a job to do.’
He felt the need to go on Peace FM back in November to refute claims made by his sister Maggie that he had had kicked his own mother out of his house.
His sister Margaret claimed during an hour-long interview with Peace FM that the reason behind his decision was because he thought his mother was a witch, to which Adebayor said: ‘I never sacked my mum from the house. She decided to leave the house.
‘How am I going to be in touch with my mum if my mum is the one telling everyone that my work will not go forward, so I will just be on my side and do my thing.
‘They should stop talking, they should stop doing Juju on me, they should leave me alone.
‘I bought a $1.2m house in East Legon for the one talking and calling herself my sister. Can you imagine that sister went to rent the house without my knowledge?’
It remains unclear whom he was directing his request for people to ‘stop doing Juju on him’ at.
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR’S 877-WORD FACEBOOK STATEMENT
His full statement reads: ‘SEA, I have kept these stories for a long time but I think today it is worth sharing some of them with you. It’s true that family matters should be solved internally and not in public but I am doing this so that hopefully all families can learn from what happened in mine. Also keep in mind that none of this is about money.
‘At the age of 17, with my first wages as a footballer, I built a house for my family and made sure they are safe. As you all know, I have received the trophy of African Player of the Year in 2008. I also brought my mother on stage with me to thank her for everything. In that same year, I brought her to London for various medical check ups.
‘When my daughter was born, we contacted my mum to inform her but she immediately hung up the phone and didn’t wanna know hear about it. Reading your recent comments, some people said my family and I should consult T.B Joshua. In 2013, I gave my mother money so she could consult him in Nigeria. She was supposed to stay for 1 week; but 2 days into her stay, I received a call saying she left.
‘Apart from all that l also gave my mother a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items. Naturally, I allowed them to put my name and picture on them so they can sell more. What else can a son do in his power to support his family?
‘A couple years ago, I bought a house in East Lagon (Ghana) for $1.2 million. I found it normal to let my older sister, Yabo Adebayor stay in that house. I also allowed my half brother (Daniel) to stay in the same house. A few months later, I was on vacation and decided to go to that house. At my surprise, I saw many cars in the driveway. In fact, my sister decided to rent out the house without me knowing. She also kicked Daniel out of that house.
‘Note that the house had about 15 rooms. When I called her and asked for explanation, she took about 30 minutes to abuse and insult me over the phone. I called my mother to explain the situation and she did the same as my sister. This same sister says I am ungrateful. Ask her about the car she is driving or anything she is selling today?
‘My brother Kola Adebayor, has now been in Germany for 25 years. He travelled back home about 4 times, at my expense. I fully cover the cost of his children’s education. When I was in Monaco, he came to me and asked for money to start a business. Only God knows how much I gave him. Where is that business today?
‘When our brother Peter passed away, I sent Kola a great amount of money so he could fly back home. He never showed up at the burial. And today that same brother (Kola) is telling people that I am involved in Peter’s death. How? He is the same brother who went and told inaccurate stories about our family to The Sun in other to take some money. They also sent a letter to my Club when I was in Madrid so I could get fired.
‘When I was in Monaco I thought it would be good to have a family of footballers. So I made sure my brother Rotimi gets into a football academy in France. Within a few months; out of 27 players, he stole 21 phones.
‘I would not say any anything about my brother Peter Adebayor because he is not here today. May his soul rest in peace.
‘My sister Lucia Adebayor keeps telling people that my dad told me to bring her to Europe. But what would be the purpose to bring her to Europe ? Everyone is here for a reason.
‘I was in Ghana when I received the news about my brother Peter being seriously ill. I drove the fastest I could to Togo in order to meet him and help. When I arrived, my mother said I could not see him and I should just give the money and she would solve everything. Only God knows how much I gave her that day. People are saying I didn’t do anything to save my brother, Peter. Am I a fool to drive 2 hours to Togo for nothing?
‘I organised a meeting in 2005 to solve our family issues. When I asked them about their opinion, they said I should build each family member a house and give each of them a monthly wage.
‘Today I am still alive and they have already shared all my goods, just in case I die.
‘For all these reasons, it took very long for me to set up my foundation in Africa. Every time I try to help the people in need, they had to question me and all of them thought it was a bad idea.
‘If I am writing this, the main purpose is not to expose my family members. I just want other African families to learn from this. Thank you.’