Adebayor available again for Togo
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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made himself available for selection by Togo, 18 months after he announced his retirement from international football. Togo's national football federation said that he would be available to play in his country's upcoming qualifying games for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

The former Real Madrid loanee told BBC Sport: "I am happy to say that I am returning for Togo and will avail myself for next week's game against Guinea Bissau. I decided to quit the international scene because I had concerns about the safety of players after the deadly attack in Cabinda.

"Things were not done properly. The FTF agreed with the key issues I raised and they have resolved that they will solve these problems for the benefit of all the players. I want to serve my country but the safety of all the players in the team must be paramount. I have been assured that this issue and others will be addressed."

I had concerns about the safety of players after the deadly attack in Cabinda. I want to serve my country but the safety of all the players in the team must be paramount.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Togo striker



He added: "Now that I am returning to the team it is up to the coach to decide whether he wants to play me or not. I am returning to the team as a member of the squad and I don't expect any special treatment. I will be treated as any other player in the team."

"Mr Adebayor is hopeful that a new chapter is about to open for Togolese football and he has committed himself to play from the start in the qualifying games for these two competitions," a federation statement said.

The 27-year-old Adebayor called time on his international career in April 2010 saying that he was still haunted by the memory of the gun attack on the Togo team bus ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola which killed two members of Togo's delegation.

In another development, the Togolese federation announced that former French winger Didier Six would take over as team coach on a temporary basis for the two FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau later this month.

The side have been without a coach since another Frenchman, Thierry Froger, resigned in March following a mediocre qualifying campaign for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. It will be the first time that the 57-year-old Six has taken over as coach of an African side.