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Former Arsenal, Man City, Spurs and Crystal Palace star Emmanuel Adebayor is set to lead his national team side Togo to the African Nations Cup qualifiers in June.


The veteran has found form in his Turkish side Basaksehir after moving there in January this year.

Togolese coach Clause Le Roy named squad regulars like Mathieu Dossevi, RazakBoukari, AlaixysRomao and Prince Segbefia for the fixture but he also added four uncapped players. Togo is set to face Nigeria in a friendly game on June 1 before playing Comoros Island on June 4. The qualifier is against Algeria in Blida on June 11, a game they must win.

Following a recent youth tournament in the nation’s capital, Le Roy named ElomNya-Vedji. Goalkeepers AlhassaniDidaFatao and SabirouBassaDjeriDjeri were also invited aside Serge Seko who plays in Angola.

YorganAgblemagnon who plays for French side Le Havre is expected to stand in goal. In defence, three foreign players were invited: Joseph Douhadji who plies his trade with Rivers United in Nigeria; DjeneDakonam who plays for Belgian side St Truiden and Simeon Gbegnon who plays for French side Epinal. The other defenders play in the local league; Hakim Ouro-Sama, KossiAdegnon, MaklibeKouloun, and Franck Mawuena.

In midfield LalaweleAtakora, KokouGazozo, KodjoSewonou and Guillaume Yenoussi are the local invitees. Serge AtsouSeko who plays in Angola, Franco Atchou who plays for Enyimba in Nigeria, Floyd Ayite who is with Fulham, England and IhasBebou who plays in Germany are the foreign stars.

Aside Adebayor, KomlanAgbeniadan, Fo Dou Laba and PenielMlapa are invited and they are all foreign players. Agbeniadan plays in Ghana for Wafa, Laba for Berkane, Morocco while Mlapa lines up for VFL Bochum, Germany.

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Former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor scores a hat trick against Turkish against Galatasaray.


As the Gunners were being humbled at Selhurst Park, the Istanbul Basaksehir striker hit three to hand them a 4-0 victory over their local rivals. The result keeps the hopes of winning the Turkish league alive though they remain five points away after 27 games.

Adebayor grabbed the opener after just 11 minutes. The opposition gifted him with the goal as he had an open net to slot the ball in. The 33-year old ex-Man City and Spurs player added another goal through his trademark header by lifting the highest. He completed his hat trick in the second half.

Adebayor is fast becoming a fan favourite in Turkey. With this kind of display he might still have a few years left in him before he hangs his boot. This is the fourth time he would start a Turkish Super Lig game since his move in January but he has already scored five goals.

He could not get an offer in the Premier League where he wanted to remain. Proposed deals to Lyon and a few other interested fell through. It was after his display at the African Nations Cup that the Turkey deal happened and he seems to be focused on repaying the faith.

Besiktas still sit atop the league’s standings with 61 points and a goal difference of 31. Basaksehir still have the chance to topple them with seven games left to play. Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor complete the top five respectively. Basaksehir are six points adrift their closest opponent and they hope the continental distractions would force Besiktas shed some points.

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Togolese striker Emanuel Adebayor has said that he is planning a return to the Premier League after his release by Crystal Palace.


The player said that he does not know when he has a ‘bad reputation’ in the football league but insists on returning to England to play football.

The player is leading his country to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon but he insists that despite the controversies in English clubs he has been with, he would return to play. He believes that his former teammates and most club staff have nothing but praise for his display whilst with them.

Adebayor played in Arsenal from 2006 to 2009. He featured for the Sky Blues at Etihad from 2009 to 2012, going to Tottenham Hotspur on loan in 2011/12. He eventually joined Spurs on a permanent deal, playing from 2012 to 2015 before he moved to Palace.

The forward is three goals shy of the 100 milestone in the Premier League after 242 games. This could be a motivating factor to return to English football. However, he is concerned about getting a club that would accept him as he feels he has a bad reputation.

“I have a bad reputation in England and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s something that has just followed me. But one thing I always say is that 90 percent of the people I’ve played with would say I’m an amazing guy, a great teammate.

“Other people, those who work on the gate at every stadium I’ve played at, will tell you I am a humble guy and a nice person. But the press will say what they want, and in my career I’ve been unfortunate enough to have a lot of negativity,” the player said.

The player seems confident of getting an offer as he says he wants to “hit the top level again.”

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Former Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has claimed that he may be on the verge of a return to the Premier league sooner rather than later, as there has been interest from the top division of English football.


Adebayor has been one of the biggest disappointments from African football, despite his immense talent. The 32-year-old striker was brought to Arsenal by Arsene Wenger, who had high hopes for the striker. He did score a lot of goals towards the end of his Arsenal career, but a fallout with the club led to the move to Manchester City.

Since then, he has never hit top form consistently. If that was one thing consistent about Adebayor, it was his constant falling out with clubs, fans, and even managers. In the last five years, the striker has represented Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Crystal Palace with varying degrees of success. He is now a free agent after being released from his contract at Crystal Palace.

The Togo striker has also had a similar history with the Togo national team, but he just represented them in the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Togo were recently eliminated from the competition in the group stages.

Adebayor claims that he is still passionate about football, but it remains to be seen if he finds a team to play before the end of this January window.“I’ve had a few contacts (from English clubs). I love the Premier League.You guys know how much I love the Premier League, even though I’m not the most loved player in England. I have done it for the last 10 years in the Premier league.I cannot say it’s easy but I have done a lot of work in the shadows to be (at the Nations Cup) and prove to everyone that I can still play football, that I still have football in me,” said the striker.

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Former Tottenham and Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is looking like a major doubt for the African Cup of Nations 2017.


He was expected to be part of the Togo national team at this major tournament. However, his failure to find a club since leaving Crystal Palace is threatening to disrupt the plans of the Togo national team. Even though he is one of the top players available at the disposal of the national team, it is understood that the manager was extremely unhappy with the physical status of the player when he turned up for a decent practice session.

Adebayor has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace back in June. Even though he is available on a free transfer, clubs have simply not been looking to take a punt on the player who has been at various clubs since 2012. He has played for the likes of Manchester city, Real Madrid, and Crystal Palace since leaving Arsenal in 2009. Not too long ago, he was one of the promising centre forwards in the Arsenal team and he was even ahead of Robin Van Persie in the pecking order once.

Several bad movesappears to have halted the career of a player who is still only 32. Adebayor has had a chequered history with the national team. He has featured in 66 games and scored 31 goals, but he has infuriated the Togo FA with his antics in the past.

“If I feel that I am not ready to go to the next African Cup of Nations, I will not … This is a national team and it must go to the African Cup of Nations with players who are fit and ready,” said the striker, who has claimed that he will be in attendance for the tournament in January just to provide support to his teammates.

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Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, Emmanuel Adebayo, is reportedly set to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to continue his football career as his wish to remain in England has continually failed.


Since his sack from Crystal Palace in June, the player has not been able to get a new contract, as that is allegedly his heart desire. Even when a possible deal to French giant Olympique Lyonnais was set to happen, it fell through, leaving the Togolese star clubless.

This is not the first time he has been clubless for a while. After exiting Tottenham Hotspur in 2015, he remained unattached from the start of the 2015/16 season until Crystal Palace decided to hand him a deal during the January transfer window.

He failed to make as much impact as expected so his deal wasn’t renewed. He has since being clubless, hence the move to Dubai.

The transfer window in the UAE is set to close at midnight on Thursday. The free agent has decided to possibly end his career there than remain unattached until January again where a club might not show interest, according to reports. The 32-year old is said to be keeping regular appointments with a personal trainer, and seems to have passed fitness requirements ahead of a move to Al-Wasl in Dubai. The club sits in fifth position in the Arabian Gulf League after three games in the new campaign. They are ambitious this term, hence the want for a top striker to deliver an impressive show.

Adebayor remains the captain of his country and is set to lead the team at the African Cup of Nations tournament billed for January. Togo has been drawn in a ‘tough’ group along with DR Congo, Morocco and defending champions Ivory Coast.

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Sunderland boss who coached Manchester United immediately before Louis van Gaal, David Moyes, has made it clear that he actually turned down the chance to sign the Togo international, Emmanuel Adebayor, despite a paucity of striking options at the Wearside.


With the injured Jermain Defoe and free-transfer signing Victor Anichebe still finding fitness, the confident Moyes played 17-year-old Swede Joel Asoro up front in Wednesday’s EFL Cup win at Queens Park Rangers, where Paddy McNair scored twice to see the team in to victory.

Emmanuel Adebayor has 97 Premier League goals to his name from his days in Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and, most recently, Crystal Palace, but David Moyes was not moved to sign the striker, who presently saw a move to France, Lyon fall through.

Crystal Palace refused to give the Togolese a new deal after last season, and he has been searching of a new employer but none seems to be forthcoming. There were reports that Adebayor played with the idea of staying in the Premier League until claims from France emerged that a move to Lyon broke down after a meeting with manager Bruno Genesio.

He claimed the player had asked for a shot of whisky in his coffee and had a cigarette in his mouth which led to the breakdown of the deal, although Adebayor adamantly believes it was because the Togo captain refused to pull out of the Africa Cup of Nations early next year.

“Emmanuel Adebayo was offered to us about five weeks ago” Moyes said.

“I of course did not do anything concerning it then and neither am I going to do anything about it just now except something dramatically changes.”

Jermain Defoe is supposed to return to the first eleven when the Black Cats host Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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The career of Emmanuel Adebayor is set to resume from this season after he has reportedly joined Turkish club Caykur Rizespor along with his former Arsenal teammate Mathieu Flamini.

Adebayor spent the last six months at Crystal Palace as the London club took a last-minute gamble to see whether the Togo international still had the appetite for the game. However, he made only seven league appearances for the London outfit and scored one goal. His lack of interest in the game was being apparent and the club decided to let him leave on a free transfer by not extending his contract.

After spending the last few months looking for a new club, Adebayor has announced the move toCaykur Rizespor. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, the club’s start to the new campaign has been in disappointing fashion once again. A 1-1 draw withKonyaspor clearly highlighted the need for a much improved strikeforce. Despite having been a failed player in the Premier League, Adebayor has the potential to lift the club to new heights. In addition, Mathieu Flamini has also joined the club and they may have secured a reliable source of quality for the upcoming campaign.

ManagerHikmetKaraman spoke highly of the arrival of these two names to Turkish football.”We reached an agreement in principle with both players.They’ll come to Rize within a few days and the last step of negotiations are going to be done.This is down to everyone working to finish the deals, so I have to thank the board of directors and our president,” said the manager while discussing about the club’s new signings on a free transfer. Comfortably avoiding relegation will be the main priority for the club in the new 2016-17 season. Since his return to Arsenal three years ago, Flamini made only 93 appearances in all competitions.

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Former Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor has mourned the death of former Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi.

The 54-year-old surprisingly lost his life due to a heart attack a few days ago. It has come as a major shock to many concerned with African football.Keshi is credited with having improved the Nigerian national team into one of the best in Africa. Even though he left the job after the recent disappointment of the World Cup 2014, he made several stars out of average players as far as the national team is concerned.

Adebayor may have been out of the international focus for quite a while, but he has been abreast of the developments. The Togo international has been in and out of the national team for several years. His future with the national team looked to have been revived only recently, but Togo may reconsider calling him for the upcoming games since he is currently without a club after being released by Crystal Palace. Adebayor had joined the London outfit only in January on a free transfer. The exit may not come as a shock since it had been apparent for quite a while. Keshi is one of the celebrated names in African football after having lifted the African Cup of Nations as a player and as a manager.

“I knew Keshi when I was very young. He taught me a lot in my career. His death is a great loss to African football,” said the former Crystal Palace striker.“Keshi is a man I will never forget. He taught us about discipline in the squad and he made us a force at the time,” addedJean-Paul Abalo Dosseh, who is the former captain of the Togo national football team.Keshi was in charge of the Togo national team just before the World Cup 2006.

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Crystal Palace have announced that the duo of Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh would depart from the club during the summer.

Their contracts are set to expire at the end of this month but the club said it will not renew it.

The Togolese international joined for a short time in January but Palace have opted not to offer the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur striker a renewal after he scored just one goal in 15 appearances. On the other hand, Chamakh has an injury-plagued season. He has only managed to score 10 goals in 66 appearances since joining from Arsenal three years ago.

Palace is set to replace them with younger African forwards with better prospects. Alan Pardew is looking at Khouma Babacar and Cedric Bakambu. Babacar. Babacar, who is 23 years old, plays for Fiorentina has been compared to a young Didier Drogba while Bakambu is two years older and plays for Villarreal.

Senegal’s Babacar has the physical build to support Connor Wickham as he has a very bad injury record that requires protection. Babacar himself missed the end of last season with a torn thigh muscle. Bakumbu is different in that he is smaller, more mobile and has a decent goals’ record as he netted scored 22 goals in La Liga for Villarreal. His team-mate Eric Bailly joined The Red Devils for £32million recently.

Emmanuel Adebayor might remain club less as he was in the first half of the season before he joined Palace. Palace released the players as they are keen to improve their standings as they placed 15th last season though they reached the final of the FA Cup where they lost to Manchester United. Palace gave the players up on a free transfer after they decided they wanted fresher legs that what the 32-year olds could offer.

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