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Adebayor out of Togo retirement

[Posted 10 Nov 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
The return of Emmanuel Adebayor

Former Togo captain and Tottenham Hotspurs striker, gangly Emmanuel "Manu" Adebayor has brought smiles to many Togolese and African soccer fans at large by coming out of his self-imposed exile and shock early retirement from international football.

Manu met with the officials from the Federation of Togolese Football at his house in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday wherein both parties agreed on key issues which had forced the Spurs striker, on loan from Manchester City, to retire from the national team.

Adebayor announced he was quitting Togo's Hawks following a horrific shooting incident around the Kabinda enclave during the 2010 Afcon finals in Angola which killed two members of the Togo team and seriously injured keeper Kojovi Obilale.

Protesting at poor security of his fellow team mates, Manu decided, as a leading player at the time, to retire from the Hawks until safety issues and other matters were resolved. It was not clear if Adebayor's anger at the time was only directed at the FTF or at CAF in general.

"I decided to quit the international scene because I had concerns about about the safety of players after the deadly attack in Cabinda," he said.

"Things were not done properly. The FTF agreed with the key issues I raised and they have resolved that they will solve these problems for the benefit of all the players.

"I want to serve my country but the safety of all the players in the team must be paramount. I have been assured that this issue and others will be addressed," Adebayor told reporters in Accra.

Will he be able to feature in Togo's preliminary round first leg of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau on Friday in Bissau?

It is too late for Adenbayor to be drafted into the team for Friday's match, but he will be available for the return leg in Lome,and Manu is not expecting any special treatment from the technical team upon his return.

"Now that I am returing to the team it is up to the coach to decide whether he wants to play me or not," the striker told BBC Sport.

"I am returning to the team as a member of the squad and I don't expect any special treatment. I will be treated as any other player in the team."

Togo failed to qualify for the Afcon 2012 finals in Manu's absence, and the TFT will hope that his presence will turn around the fortunes of the Hawks, with whom Adebayor qualified for the Fifa World Cup finals in Germany in 2006.


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