Togo's loss could be Tottenham Hotspur's gain

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanual Adebayor has retired from playing international football for Togo over a pay dispute, meaning that the striker could be available to Spurs during the African Cup of Nations in January.

The latest chapter in Emmanual Adebayor's international career with Togo looks set to unfold over the coming weeks as the striker has announced his retirement from playing for his country for a second time.

Adebayor first retired from playing for Togo in April 2010, after a horrific incident where gunmen attacked the Togolese team bus during the African Cup of Nations in Angola, killing three people. The striker did not return to playing for his country until November the following year, after the Togo FA gave assurances regarding player safety. Since then Adebayor, as you would expect, has been at the heart of the Togo side, helping them qualify for January's tournament.

However a dispute has arisen over the payment that players received after the recent friendly with Morocco. Adebayor has alleged that the Togo FA have withheld payment to many players, and asked them to explain where a substantial fee paid by the Moroccan FA has gone:

“In our FA everyone thinks about their own pockets. Some players have not received their money, some have received half of it.

'Players come to me to ask about their money. It is a shame. I asked the Moroccan Federation how much they paid our Togolese FA. They told me that they paid €35,000 to President Ameyi.”

As a result of this Adebayor, who is the captain of the Togo national team, has announced his retirement from international football.

This will probably not be the last word on the subject before January’s tournament, and there is certainly time for a resolution to be found. Adebayor clearly wants to play for his country, having returned after the horrible events of 2010, and Togo will need their star player for the tournament. However if no resolution is found it could be a boost to Tottenham Hotspur in their battle for Champions League qualification.

Adebayor’s has been absent from the first team for many games already this season, for various reasons, and the side has been entirely reliant on Jermain Defoe as a result. If the striker will now be available throughout January, Spurs will have a welcome boost to their firepower for the start of the year, though even as a Spurs fan, it would be nice to see Adebayor leading out his country next year after the events of 2010.

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