Emmanuel Adebayor will not
make a return to international football on Friday but could
be back in the Togo line-up for a World Cup qualifier next
Tuesday after more talks between the Tottenham Hotspur striker
and football federation officials.
Adebayor wants officials to keep promises they made to look
after the families of two delegation members who were killed and
those injured when the Togo team were attacked in Angola almost
two years ago.
Adebayor said he was meeting Togolese federation officials
in Accra in neighbouring Ghana and would make a decision in the
"There are a few things we must still discuss but I'll keep
it between me and the football association people of my
country," he told the BBC, which then reported that Adebayor was
seeking assurances of better security for the team and more
compensation for those injured and the families of officials
killed when the team bus was ambushed before last year's African
Nations Cup finals.
Adebayor has not played for his country since the shooting
by separatists in January 2010, minutes after Togo had crossed
into the disputed Angolan territory of Cabinda on their way to a
game. Two delegation members died and goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale
was seriously injured.
The Togo federation said Adebayor could join the squad at
the weekend, ahead of Tuesday's second leg of the first-round
qualifier against Guinea Bissau. The first leg is in Bissau on
"We are expecting him to join up with the squad when they
return on Saturday," a federation spokesman said on Thursday.
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