Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:53 am
Emmanuel Adebayor has ended his international exile for Togo.
He has rejoined the national team just weeks after he said he was retiring from international duties.
Togo will host Tunisia today for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Both teams are tied at six points after three matches in Group A.
“Adebayor joined the national team yesterday after negotiations with FTF officials. He trained just like his team-mates,” Pierre Lamadokou, secretary general for the Togolese Football Federation, said on Monday.
Adebayor played for Togo at the 2006 World Cup, their only appearance at the tournament, but has made himself unavailable for selection on several occasions and criticised the “chaos” in the FTF.
He last played for Togo in June last year, and turned down an initial approach from FTF president Colonel Kossi Akpovy prior to last week’s reverse fixture with Tunisia to focus on his club future at Crystal Palace.
Adebayor, 32, joined Palace in January until the end of the season, having been without a club following his release from Tottenham Hotspur last September.
Tunisia are second in Group A after three matches, level on six points with both Liberia and Tunisia, following last week’s 1-0 defeat of Togo in Monastir.
Only the 13 group winners are guaranteed places at next year’s tournament in Gabon, while the best two runners-up also qualify.