The Tottenham striker, Emmanuel Adebayo had hoped the international break would give him a chance to escape from the furore surrounding his attack on the club’s own fans for being too negative.
But yesterday he appeared to get himself in a radio row with his closest family in which he accused his sister and mother of “doing juju on me”. Juju is a West African term for witchcraft.
His elder sister Maggie started the row when she told Peace FM in Accra that Adebayor had abandoned his family.
“As at now, our mother is selling polythene bags, padlocks and other things on the Ghana-Togo border,” she said. “Our mother has not seen him for more than a year and he rejects her calls any time.
“Our mother is not calling him for his money, she just wants to see him because she loves him very much.”
But Adebayor later contacted the same station to put his side of the story.
“I never sacked my mum from the house, she decided to leave the house,” he said. “But 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, talking. They should stop doing juju on me; they should leave me alone. They don’t listen to me so I don’t know how to solve this now. Obviously I am not a pastor, I am a footballer so I cannot point out a witch.”
Tottenham were yesterday unable to comment on the authenticity of the reported exchange but did confirm that Adebayor is not due back from international duty until this morning.
Last year, following the death of his elder brother Peter, he took care of his little boy, Junior, describing him as “like a son to me”.
This season he has failed to find the form he showed under previous manager Tim Sherwood and is being linked with a move to Galatasaray in January.
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