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Adebayor rejects Togo call-up

Published On 10/03/2016 | By Liam Chambers | AFCON, Africa, International, Latest News, Top Stories

Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor has turned down the chance to feature for Togo in their Africa Cup of Nations qualification fixture.

The 32-year-old, who joined Crystal Palace in January, after being released by Tottenham 10 months ago, will stay with Palace in order to focus on his fitness.

Togo face Tunisia on 26 March, but with the former Arsenal striker having scored just once in seven appearances for Palace, his focus lies with his club for now and hasn’t featured for his country since June 2015.

“I thank you for having me selected for the matches against Tunisia,” Adebayor wrote on his Facebook page. “However, I don’t think this is the opportune moment.

“I just signed for a new team in London and I’m doing everything I can to be at 100 percent physically and mentally. I’m practicing very hard with Crystal Palace… (and) I do not wish to interrupt this training.

“I have to decline your offer to be part of the team for these games. I wish you a great success for these matches and I will follow as your biggest fan.”

The striker previously failed to turn up for a qualifier against Djibouti back in September, and questions may now be asked about his international future – having not been called up since his absence six months ago and turning down the opportunity to represent his nation, once again.

Adebayor is expected to feature for Crystal Palace away to Reading in the FA Cup on Friday night, as he looks to extend his stay in south London beyond the end of his short-term deal, which ends in the summer.

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