Former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is stuck in Benin due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 36-year-old left Paraguay, where he plays for Olimpia, with the intention to be with his family in Togo.

Emmanuel Adebayor (left) joined Paraguayan club Olimpia in February

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Emmanuel Adebayor (left) joined Paraguayan club Olimpia in February


However, a stopover in Benin means he now has to self-isolate for 15 DAYS in a hotel.

Adebayor represented Arsenal, Man City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, scoring 97 goals.

He joined Olimpia on a free transfer from Turkish club Kayserispor last month.

And in an attempt to see his family in Togo, who he represented 87 times, he flew to Paris and boarded another plane to Benin, which is 112 miles from his homeland.

However, isolation protocol means he is unable to leave Benin for at least 15 days.

Adebayor appears to be unaffected by the less than ideal circumstances.

Give COVID-19 the red card

The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pubs, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again…

STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.

The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

Speaking to the local media, he said: “My quarantine in Lome [the capital of Togo], like in Benin, is to feel at home, it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Olimpia released a statement regarding Adebayor’s situation.

It read: “Emmanuel Adebayor made the decision to return to his country to spend the government-declared quarantine time.

“As an institution, we have informed him of the risks that this entails, but his decision was to spend this time with his family.”

The coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 400,000 people worldwide, with the death toll exceeding 19,000.


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