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Adebayor could end international exile

August 10, 2010

Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he would be willing to come out of international retirement if football in Togo started to organise itself in a more professional manner.

Emmanuel Adebayor
GettyImagesEmmanuel Adebayor represented Togo at the 2006 World Cup finals

Adebayor quit in the wake of the terrorist attack on the team bus taking Togo to the African Nations Cup in Angola in January. He remains immensely proud of his country, but following the birth of his first child this summer he does not feel the demands placed upon him are worth the end outcome.

As the pivotal figure within the Togo squad, Adebayor has been depicted as a trouble-causer by some. Yet he remains open to the idea of a comeback, even if it will take some fundamental changes within the football hierarchy for such a prospect to become a reality.

"There are a lot of organisational problems and whenever we have tried to do things in recent times, it has been taken in a negative way,'' he told the official Manchester City magazine. "Because I have tried to explain things about the national team and tried to help my country, I have become the main focus when any problems arise and people point to me as the cause.

"Things have obviously changed in the last year. I have a daughter now and I have to put her first. I am not going to put myself in situations where I am risking my safety, especially after what happened in Angola. If the organisation improved and things became much better, I will definitely play for Togo again. Not doing so has been one of the tougher decisions I have had to make in my life.

"I can choose to die for my country but not in a cheap way. That is the way things are at the moment and I am not prepared to accept that.''