Emmanuel Adebayor has declared he has “golden genes” as he angles for another chance in the Premier League.
The 32-year-old has impressed for Togo at the African Cup of Nations this month, despite his country’s struggle at the tournament.
Adebayor is without a club, but the former Tottenham and Arsenal frontman still believes he can do a job in the Premier League.
“I am confident that I can still play at that level,” he told FIFA.com. “I am blessed with golden genes. Physically, I would certainly be able to handle the pressure.
“I am the one who makes jokes when it is necessary, but I can also put my foot down if serious work is required.
“My father taught me to always say what I think. At times, that can lead to problems, but I always sleep well.”
Adebayor was described as “unbelievable” by coach Claude Le Roy following his performances in Togo’s opening two matches – a draw with Ivory Coast and a defeat to Morocco.
The striker is sure his side can reach the knockout stage, but is thankful regardless just to be involved, having escaped the team bus attack at the finals in 2010, when three people were killed by terrorist gunmen.
“Why should I not be happy? I was in Cabinda in 2010. I could be sitting in a wheelchair or be dead and then nobody would be thinking of me. But now, I am here in Gabon and playing at the Africa Cup of Nations. Surely, that is enough luck?” added Adebayor.