Togo try to tempt Adebayor

Image: Emmanuel Adebayor: Has gone almost two years since he last turned out for his country

The Togo Football Federation are confident they can convince Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor to resurrect his international career.

Striker could return for the start of 2014 World Cup qualifying

The Togo Football Federation is confident it can convince Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor to resurrect his international career. The forward, who is currently on loan at White Hart Lane from Manchester City, has not turned out for his country in almost two years. Togo are keen to bring him back on board and FTF president Gabriel Ameyi has held talks with Adebayor in an effort to see where he stands. It is understood that the 27-year-old has hinted that he would be willing to return to the fold, but it remains to be seen whether he will be involved when Togo get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign under way on Friday. "The president of the FTF, Gabriel Ameyi, had a long discussion on the telephone yesterday (Monday) with him," read a statement on the official Togo government website. "The probability is strong that he will play in the match against Guinea Bissau."

Boost

Togo have been forced to enter the qualification stage early after tumbling down Fifa's world rankings since reaching the 2006 World Cup. Should they see off Bissau, they will advance to a group that will include Cameroon, Libya and the winner of a first-round tie between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Swaziland. The presence of Adebayor would offer a huge boost to Togo and their efforts to reach the 2014 World Cup. He retired from international football in the wake of the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola after the Togolese team bus was attacked on the eve of the tournament, killing two delegation members. There have been numerous attempts to lure him back into the team since, but all efforts so far have failed.

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