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Adebayor will play in African Cup

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2013 | 12:00 AM


Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by Togo and will go to the African Cup of Nations, English club Tottenham said yesterday, ending uncertainty over the striker's involvement in the tournament later this month.

Adebayor had threatened to turn down the chance to represent Togo over security concerns and disagreements with its football federation over bonus payments for players, but travelled to Africa this week for talks with the country's president, Faure Gnassingbe.

Gnassingbe appears to have convinced the Togo captain to change his mind and make himself available for the African Cup in South Africa, which starts on January 19.

Tottenham said in a statement that the 28-year-old Tottenham forward would now meet up with Togo after Saturday's English Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers.

"The club can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by the Togo FA for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations," Tottenham said. "The striker will be available for this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out to South Africa to meet up with his international teammates ahead of the championships."

The tournament runs from January 19 to February 10.