Adebayor makes surprise Togo return

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Emmanuel Adebayor

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has earned a surprise recall for Togo after rejecting last month’s call-up for their 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Adebayor refused to play in Lome because of the poor state of the artificial turf and did not travel for the return match either against The Gambia.

Manager Claude LeRoy said he fully understood Adebayor’s decision and whether he’ll be open to playing on the same turf still remains in doubt.

Without their attacking talisman, Togo earned a 1-1 draw in Lome before winning the return fixture 1-0 in The Scorpions last month.

The results left Togo third in the group with five points from four matches – just two behind the leaders Algeria and Benin.

With 29 goals in 65 caps, the return of the countries all-time record scorer will provide Le Roy’s side with a major boost of confidence.

The Sparrow Hawks need a victory at home to upstage Group D leaders Algeria in their penultimate match of 2019 Nations Cup qualifying.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Sabirou Bassa Djeri (Coton Sport, Cameroon), Malcolm Barcola (Olympique Lyonnais, France), Fadil Soumanou (Koroki)

Defenders: Wilson Akakpo (Al Ittihad, Egypt), Bilali Akoro (AS OTR), Simon Gbegnon (AS Beziers, France), Maklibé Kouloum (Dyto Lome), Tevi Steve Lawson (Livingstone, Scotland), James Olufade (Union Douala, Cameroon), Ouro-Akoriko Sadate (Amazulu FC, South Africa)

Midfielders: Lalawele Atakora (FK Qabala, Azerbaijan), Koffi Franco Atchou (Fremad Amager, Denmark), Floyd Ayite (Fulham, England), Ihlas Bebou (Hannover 96, Germany), Razak Boukari (Chateauroux, France), Matthieu Dossevi (Toulouse, France), Gilles Sunu (Erzurumspor, Turkey)

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor (İstanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Kevin Denkey (Nimes, France), Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (Renaissance Berkane, Morocco), Peniel Mlapa (VVV Venlo, Netherlands), Bodzroma Jean (Koroki), Kossi Koudagba (ASC Kara)