I will NEVER criticize Ivory Coast - Emmanuel Adebayor pledges loyalty after making over half a BILLION naira from AFCON 2023

Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly earned more than half a billion naira from his role at AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast | Credits: Instagram(e_adebayor)

I will NEVER criticize Ivory Coast - Emmanuel Adebayor pledges loyalty after making over half a BILLION naira from AFCON 2023

David Ben 18:57 - 21.02.2024

The Ex-Togolese international and former Arsenal striker has reportedly pledged his allegiance to Côte d’Ivoire having initially supported the Super Eagles at AFCON 2023.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has pledged steadfast allegiance to Ivory Coast.

Adebayor reportedly revealed his unwavering support following a significant financial windfall from the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023.

Despite initially rooting for the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the tournament, Adebayor's sentiments took a dramatic turn after Ivory Coast clinched victory over Nigeria in the finals on February 11.

Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor is the latest CAF ambassador|ADEBAYOR INSTAGRAM

Sebastien Haller’s second half strike ensured The Elephants secured their third African title and dethroned Senegal in the process.

Following the full-time whistle at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Adebayor was on ground to unveil the AFCON 2023 trophy for presentation, despite having nerve won the tournament during his international career.

Adebayor reportedly pledges loyalty to Ivory Coast after making over ₦530 million from AFCON 2023

Emmanuel Adebayor AFCON 2023
Emmanuel Adebayor holding the AFCON 2023 trophy during the finals between Nigeria and Ivory Coast | Credit: Instagram/Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor has revealed he recorded a huge financial windfall during the just-concluded AFCON 2023 in Côte d’Ivoire.

According to Ivorian outlet Hits2babi, Adebayor disclosed that he has earned over 200 million FCFA (₦530 million) through advertising partnerships with Ivory Coast since August 2023.

Emmanuel Adebayor AFCON 2023
Emmanuel Adebayor with African legends Didier Drogba and Djibril Cissé | Credit: Instagram

He was quoted to have said, "I can never criticize Ivory Coast.

"From August 2023 to now I have earned more than 200 million FCFA in Ivory Coast in terms of advertising partnerships. I can never criticize this country and I will always support Ivory Coast.”

Emmanuel Adebayor gets new role as CAF Ambassador

Emmanuel Adebayor CAF ambassador
Emmanuel Adebayor has been unveiled as an ambassador for CAF | Credit: Instagram/CAF

This Monday, the former Togolese international of Nigerian descent, received further recognition as he was appointed as an ambassador for the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The announcement was made through a statement released by CAF, expressing their excitement about the collaboration: “We are thrilled to announce our new CAF Ambassador, Emmanuel Adebayor.”

Adebayor's declaration of loyalty to Ivory Coast highlights the enduring impact of sports beyond the field, showcasing the influence and opportunities it can offer to individuals and nations alike.