Adebayor slates African Cup semifinal field
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor says the field that will host a semifinal match at the African Cup of Nations is "a disgrace'' and embarrassing for the continent.
Adebayor says the sandy surface at Mbombela Stadium badly undermines African football and will lead people in Europe to think the teams are playing "in the bush.''
After Togo held Tunisia to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela to reach the quarterfinals, Adebayor said "it's a disgrace for our continent to be playing on this pitch when it's on the TV around the world.''
Adebayor's criticism comes as the Confederation of African Football was to hold its halfway review of the tournament on Friday. While South Africa was expected to be praised for better attendances, the poor Mbombela field has undoubtedly been an eyesore.