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Adebayor to play on with Togo

February 4, 2013
By ESPN staff

Emmanuel Adebayor has said he has no plans to retire from international football despite Togo's recent African Nations Cup exit.

Emmanuel Adebayor goal Togo v Algeria
APEmmanuel Adebayor scores for Togo against Algeria in this year's competition

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Togo were eliminated at the quarter-final stage after losing 1-0 to Burkina Faso on Sunday.

But Adebayor, who has had a troubled relationship with the Hawks because of his differences with the nation's football authorities, said he still had plenty to achieve with the country of his birth.

"I'm still young, I'm 29, so whenever my country needs me I'll be up for it because I've started something and I have to finish it," he told BBC Sport.

"We were stopped in the quarter-finals - maybe next time we'll be in the final and win it. So for me, it's never finished while I have the chance to win something."

Adebayor quit international football following a gun attack on the Togo team bus by Angolan militants ahead of the 2010 African Nations Cup. The Tottenham striker was persuaded to return to the national side a few months later.

In the build-up to this year's tournament, he threatened not to play after accusing his country's football bosses of being incompetent.

While he was left out of the initial squad for South Africa, he was brought back into the fold at the insistence of the head of the Togo Football Federation.

Despite his on-off relationship with his homeland's footballing authorities, Adebayor believes Togolese football is heading in the right direction.

"It [the future] is looking good, with all the problems before coming to Afcon (African Nations Cup), and we've showed character, good face and showed we are a team that can play good football," he said.

"I think I have done my best and physically I'm exhausted, but that's football. It's a tough one for all the players, for myself, for everyone, but life goes on."