Adebayor Rejects Togo Call-Up To Play For Palace

Crystal Palace January signing,  Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor has turned down the chance to play for Togo in order to focus on Crystal Palace.

The 32-year-old joined Palace in January after 10 months away from professional football following his release from Tottenham.

Adebayor has scored once in seven appearances for Palace, who have suffered an alarming slump in form which has seen them slide from 6th to 15th in the Premier League.

Togo face Tunisia in an African Cup of Nations qualifier on March 26, but Adebayor will not feature after rejecting a call-up from national coach Tom Saintfiet.

Adebayor joined Palace in January after 10 months away from professional football and has scored once in six Premier League appearances so far.

The 32-year-old has a chequered history with the national team and a stormy relationship with coach Tom Saintfiet.

He last played for his country in June 2015 and has not been picked since failing to turn up for an African Nations Cup qualifier against Djibouti in September.

“I thank you for having me selected for the matches against Tunisia,” Adebayor wrote on Facebook. “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.”

Togo lead Group A ahead of Liberia, Tunisia and Djibouti with two wins from as many qualifiers. The next play Tunisia on March 25 with the group winners gaining automatic entry to the 2017 finals in Gabon.

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