Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor had some strong words on the state of the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium
Posted: 31 January 2013 Time: 6:47 am
Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor had some strong words on the state of the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
The Tottenham striker saw his side holding on for a 1-1 draw with Tunisia, which was enough to see his side through to the last eight, where they will play against Burkina Faso.
While he was elated with the result, the lanky marksman had some less than complimentary words about the playing surface.
“Once again we are in Africa - Afcon is a big tournament for Africa - the whole world are watching this, you can’t play on a pitch like this.
“To be honest with you I’m very sorry but it’s a disgrace for our continent to be playing on this pitch when it’s on the TV around the world.”
“Those people that watch the game in Europe, they will be sending sms’s to me tonight asking me, ‘are you playing in the bush or what’, it’s a disgrace to our continent, we can do better.”
The problem arose after soil had been thrown on the pitch to sort out the wet surface which arose after several days of heavy rain - a move which was apparently not sanctioned by the Confederation of African football (CAF).