Crystal Palace’s Emmanuel Adebayor (Reuters)
Crystal Palace forward Emmanuel Adebayor has rejected a call-up to the Togo national side for their African Nations Cup qualifier against Tunisia because he wants to focus on his club.
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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