African Nations Cup news

Adebayor to represent Togo

January 12, 2013
By ESPN staff

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed striker Emmanuel Adebayor will depart for the African Nations Cup this weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor
PA PhotosEmmanuel Adebayor: Togo international

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It had been reported in L'Equipe that Adebayor had refused to play for his nation after the Togolese Football Federation changed coach Didier Six's tournament squad list.

However, speaking after Tottenham's 0-0 draw with QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday, Villas-Boas said the forward is set to leave for the tournament and is sure they will cope in his absence.

"We went through a period without Ade through injury and suspension and Clint (Dempsey) did extremely well with (Jermain) Defoe," he said.

Adebayor, 28, signed for Spurs on a permanent deal in the summer from Manchester City and has since scored three times for the club in all competitions.