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Togo await Adebayor's World Cup return

Togo are hoping Emmanuel Adebayor will make a return to international football for the first time in almost two years when they start their World Cup qualifying bid on Friday

Reuters, Wednesday 9 Nov 2011
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But despite a call to the Tottenham Hotspur striker from the Togo Football Federation president this week, and assurance of his interest, it is still far from clear whether the small west African country's most charismatic footballer will play.

"The president of the FTF, Gabriel Ameyi, had a long discussion on the telephone yesterday with him. The probability is strong that he will play in the match against Guinea Bissau," the official Togo government website www.republicoftogo.com said.

Togo, surprise qualifiers for the World Cup in Germany in 2006 but now forced to play in the early knockout round because of their lowly ranking, are away in Bissau in the first leg of their tie on Friday and host the return in Lome next Tuesday.

If they win they advance to Group I with Cameroon, Libya and the winner of another first round tie between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Swaziland.

Adebayor retired from international after the last African Nations Cup finals in Angola where Togo's team bus was attacked on the eve of the tournament.

Separatists in the enclave of Cabinda shot at the bus and killed two delegation members plus badly injured the goalkeeper. Togo withdrew from the Nations Cup before it kicked off and a shaken Adebayor announced the end of his international career soon after.

There have been several previous attempts to get him to change his mind, all of which have failed.

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