After claims in the British media that he doesn’t do enough to help his relatives, Emmanuel Adebayor’s family issues have been confronted with a frank Facebook statement from the Spurs player.
The lengthy blog details several expenses incurred by the footballer as well as the many times he has been let down by family members.
Notable extracts include:
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.
I also gave my mother a great amount of money to start a business of cookies and different items.
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.
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.
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 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 organized 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.
Adebayor finally signs off with the slightly unconvincing claim that:
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.
Read the full story of Emmanuel Adebayor’s family issues in his Facebook post below: