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Togo: Adebayor will play in SA

Togo claim Emmanuel Adebayor will play for them at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Last Updated: 07/01/13 at 15:37 Post Comment

Emmanuel Adebayor: On his way to Africa, say Togo

Emmanuel Adebayor: On his way to Africa, say Togo

Tottenham striker Adebayor said last year that he would not play at the tournament - which runs from January 19 to February 10 in South Africa - because of a row over team security and unpaid bonuses.

But Togo now claim that the 28-year-old striker has already flown out to Ghana for a pre-tournament training camp.

"Of course we're in the African Nations Cup with Adebayor, we will be together in South Africa," head of the Togo Football Federation, Ameyi Gabriel, is reported to have told Radio Algeria International.

"It is very important to have him there because he is our player and captain of the team."

Adebayor's absence would leave Spurs with just one recognised striker in Jermain Defoe.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has regularly claimed he does not need to add another striker to his squad in the January transfer window, but he has been linked with another bid for Internacional and Brazil forward Leandro Damiao in recent days.

It is not known whether Adebayor will return to London for Saturday's home game against QPR or remain with the Sparrow Hawks.

Should Togo make the final of the competition, Adebayor will miss four Tottenham matches, but they are in a tough group with Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Algeria.

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