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Adebayor available for Togo

November 10, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Emmanuel Adebayor has made himself available for selection for Togo after receiving assurances over player safety.

Emmanuel Adebayor
AssociatedEmmanuel Adebayor retired from international duty following the gun attack on the Togo team

• Adebayor could return for Togo

Adebayor, currently on a season-long loan with Tottenham, had withdrawn from international duty in the wake of the gun attack on the team coach at the 2010 African Nations Cup.

Having held a meeting with Togo Football Federation officials on Wednesday, though, the 27-year-old has declared that he is ready to return for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier.

"I am happy to say that I am returning for Togo and will avail myself for next week's game against Guinea Bissau," Adebayor told BBC Sport.

"I decided to quit the international scene because I had concerns about the safety of players after the deadly attack in Cabinda. Things were not done properly.

"The FTF agreed with the key issues I raised and they have resolved that they will solve these problems for the benefit of all the players. I want to serve my country but the safety of all the players in the team must be paramount. I have been assured that this issue and others will be addressed."

Although the team failed to qualify for January's African Nations Cup in his absence, Adebayor accepts that he may not be guaranteed a place in the first team.

"Now that I am returning to the team, it is up to the coach to decide whether he wants to play me or not," he said. "I am returning to the team as a member of the squad and I don't expect any special treatment. I will be treated as any other player in the team."