Emmanuel Adebayor has found himself in the middle of a bizarre family feud after suggesting that his mother was a witch.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker’s family, who live in Africa, accused the star of kicking his mother out of her home.
They claim that the footballer’s decision to cut ties with his mother has left her earning just £1-a-day (Sh142) from selling tomatoes.
The 30-year-old star, who earns £170,000-a-week (Sh24.13m), accused the family of performing ‘juju’ on him, a term given to the practice of witchcraft in West Africa.
But his family, who are from Togo, hit back by claiming that the star had been ‘brainwashed’ by Islamic spiritual healers who told him that his poor form on the football pitch was down to black magic.
While Adebayor scored 14 goals in 25 games last season for Tottenham, he has only managed two strikes in 12 matches so far this campaign.
The Christian footballer denied that he had mistreated his mother Alice, 62, and said that the family was using advisors in black magic against him.
He told Ghanaian radio station Peace FM: “Obviously I’m not a pastor, I am a footballer so I cannot point out a witch. I never sacked my mum from the house — she decided to leave the house.
“But how am I going to be in touch with my mum if my mum is the one telling everyone that my work will not go forward. They should stop talking, talking, they should stop doing juju on me — they should leave me alone.”
He accused his family members of plotting what to do with his wealth when he dies and said they were using advisors he referred to as ‘juju people’.
“They have already shared all the things I worked for,” he said. “They shared my houses, they shared my cars. They say, “If he dies this car is for you, this house is for you”. Can you imagine?”
Adebayor had phoned the station to angrily respond following an interview with his sister Maggie in which she claimed that the star had not financially supported his family.
As well as claiming that he had driven his mother out of the home believing she was a witch, she also claimed that he has refused to take a phone call from his family members for over a year.
But the riled sportsman said that he did give money to his mother and said his six siblings should do more to look after her.
He said: “If they claim I am not looking after my mother, we are seven and so why can’t the rest do it…they should go and work…I remit my mother every month.”
His lorry driver brother Kola said: “Every day my mother is crying. She told me, ‘Emmanuel has accused me of being a witch’.”
He said that Muslim advisors known as ‘alfas’ were manipulating his brother and had convinced the footballer that his mother is a witch.
Kola, 42, who lives in Bremen, Germany, said: ‘My mother is very sad. Every day she is crying. I just talked to her on the phone and she was crying again.
“Emmanuel will not even talk to her. He’s been brainwashed by these Muslim alfas — spiritual men — who prophesise when he scores goals and why he is not playing well.
“My family is Christian but it is not unusual to visit Muslim spiritual healers. He is seeing bad alfas and they are manipulating him.”