Emmanuel Adebayor: Veteran striker named in Togo squad

By Oluwashina Okeleji

Togo coach Claude LeRoy has included striker Emmanuel Adebayor in his 22-man squad for this month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria, despite Adebayor refusing to play in the October internationals.

Emmanuel Adebayor did not play in Togo's Nations Cup qualifiers against The Gambia last month
Emmanuel Adebayor did not play in Togo’s Nations Cup qualifiers against The Gambia last month

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

LeRoy said he fully understood Adebayor’s decision, but it remains unclear whether the veteran forward will face Algeria on the same artificial pitch on home soil.

The Frenchman also handed recalls to Africa-based Ouro-Akoriko Sadate and Wilson Akakpo, with both replacing the suspended duo of Djene Dakonam and Ouro-Sama Hakim for the crucial game on 18 November.

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

Without Adebayor, Togo earned a 1-1 draw in Lome before winning the return fixture 1-0 in The Gambia last month.

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

Togo squad:

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

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

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), Bilali Akoro (AS OTR)

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), Gilles Sunu (Erzurumspor, Turkey). BBC Sport.