Adebayor opts for Eagles before country

Emmanuel Adebayor has turned his back on Togo’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to concentrate all his efforts on Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace: Adebayor opts for Eagles before countryCrystal Palace: Adebayor opts for Eagles before country

The Togolese international joined the Eagles on a short-term deal in January, and boss Alan Pardew will be delighted to see the striker commit himself fully to the club.

Palace still have work to do to ensure Premier League survival following an alarming slide down the table, and Adebayor would prefer to fight for the Eagles cause.

The striker will also be looking to earn something more long-term with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

“The new FTF (Federation of Togolese Football) president has taken steps that allow him to meet and interact directly or indirectly with the national team players,” Togolese Football Federation secretary-general Pierre Lamadokou confirmed.

“Emmanuel Adebayor, for his part, while agreeing with the president’s approach, wished to postpone his return to the national team to devote himself to his uncertain situation with his club Crystal Palace.

“The federation duly notes his decision and remains optimistic about his quick return to the national team set-up.”

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