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Adebayor returns to national team

Adebayor returns to national team

Togo

Crystal Palace forward Emmanuel Adebayor has ended his self-imposed international football exile by returning to the national team.

The move comes after holding successful talks with the Togolese Football Federation. Togolese Football officials say he could feature against Tunisia in an AFCON 2017 game.

“Adebayor joined the national team yesterday after negotiations with FTF officials. He trained just like his team-mates,” Pierre Lamadokou, who is Secretary General for the Football Federation said, adding “he will be with his team-mates again on Monday afternoon for the final training session before the game against Tunisia.”

Adebayor joined the national team yesterday after negotiations with FTF officials. He trained just like his team-mates.

Adebayor played for Togo at the 2006 World Cup, he has since has quit international football but returned for different reasons. The last time he turned down an invitation it was ostensibly to focus on his club career, having signed for English Premier league side Crystal Palace after a long time out.

He last played for the West African country in June last year, after turning down an initial approach.

The 32 year old joined Palace in January after sitting out of club action for months following his release from Tottenham.

Tunisia are second in Group A after three matches, level on six points with both Liberia and Togo.

Only the 13 group winners are guaranteed places at next year’s tournament in Gabon, while the best two runners-up also qualify.

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