8 January 2013

Togo: Adebayor in Nations Cup U-Turn

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Gervinho of Cote d'Ivoire celebrates his goal during the encounter with Togo.

Tottenham's Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor has had a last minute change of heart and will after all take part in the Africa Cup of Nations later this month, according to the head of his country's football federation.

The Spurs striker was planning to skip the January 19-February 10 competition in South Africa in a dispute over unpaid player bonuses and team security. But reports from Togo indicated that the 28-year-old striker was now on board Togo's cup campaign.

Togolese Football Federation president Gabriel Ameyi confirmed that Adebayor would take part, telling Algerian radio station Smail Berhaiel on Monday: "Of course we are going to the Nations Cup with Adebayor, he will be with us in South Africa." Ameyi added: "It's very important to have him with us, he's our best player and the captain of our team. Drogba and all the stars will be there and Adebayor too."

Adebayor joined up with the Togo squad for a training camp in Ghana but Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas was hopeful that he may still be available for Saturday's Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers. Adebayor is a consistent scorer for his country and netted in both legs of a qualifier against Gabon that earned Togo a place at the 2013 Cup of Nations and then snatched the goal that brought a shock friendly win over former African champions Morocco. His decision to compete will be welcomed by his team-mates of the West African nation, which has the toughest of the opening round groups with favourites Ivory Coast and North African heavyweights Algeria and Tunisia.

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