Togo have selected Emmanuel Adebayor for the Africa
Cup of Nations after the Tottenham striker reversed his
decision not to play in the tournament.
The 28-year-old Togo captain will join the squad after
Tottenham’s Premier League match against QPR on Saturday.
Adebayor initially planned to remain with his club because of a
row over team security and unpaid bonuses.
But the striker will travel to South Africa after talks with
the country’s president Faure Gnassingbe.
“It is to do something extraordinary and I know that the fans
know what I am capable of doing,” said Adebayor.
His absence for the tournament, which starts on 19 January,
will leave Tottenham with Jermain Defoe as their only
After QPR, Tottenham host Manchester United on 20
January before travelling to Leeds or Birmingham in the
fourth round of the FA Cup on 26 January.
Away games against Norwich and West Brom precede the visit
of Newcastle on 9 February, with the Cup of Nations ending
the following day.
Adebayor has scored only three goals in 17 appearances this
season and in his absence, the goalscoring burden will rest
largely with Defoe, who has struck 14 times in 28 games this
Winger Gareth Bale is second in Tottenham’s scoring charts
on 11 goals, while forward Clint Dempsey has six and winger
Aaron Lennon three.
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