The Federation of Togolese Football (FTF) announced that striker Laba Kodjo, finally released by his club Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates, will join the Togo squad for the two games against Egypt in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
"Finally released by his club Al-Ain FC, the Togolese international striker Laba will join the Hawks of Togo in Cairo," read a statement by the FTF.
Egypt will host Togo in the third round of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers on 14 November, with the two sides scheduled to meet again in the fourth round three days later.
Al-Ain club management have reportedly refused to allow the 28-year-old striker to join his national team due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a board member of the UAE team.
"Kodjo was out of action for some time after suffering from a muscle injury; he missed the game against Saudi's Al-Nasr in the AFC Champions League," Al-Ain board member Majed Al-Ewis told a television programme.
"Kodjo is an important player for the team and the most expensive player in the Emirati League.
"If the player travels to join his national team he will be out of action for a long time because he will stay for 14 days in quarantine after the Togo games," he added.
Under the guidance of French coach Claude Le Roy, Togo played two games last year in their opening qualifiers for the next AFCON, drawing 1-1 with Kenya and losing 1-0 to Comoros.
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