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Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor unsure of manager Andre Villas-Boas' support for African Nations Cup participation

Updated: Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 16:18 | Comments

Adebayor looks certain to go to the tournament leaving Spurs with just one recognised striker, Jermain Defoe
Adebayor looks certain to go to the tournament leaving Spurs with just one recognised striker, Jermain Defoe

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Emmanuel Adebayor claims he is yet to receive assurances from Andre Villas-Boas that he is fine with the striker playing in the African Nations Cup.

Adebayor had initially refused to play in the African Nations Cup due to a row over team security and unpaid bonuses, but Spurs have now confirmed that he will play in the tournament. 

The decision means Tottenham will be without his services for up to four games between 19 January and 10 February. 

The Londoners hope the striker will delay his departure until after Saturday's game at QPR.

Villas-Boas has always insisted when asked about the situation that he would be happy to let Adebayor go to the tournament despite the fact that it would leave him with only one recognised striker in Jermain Defoe.

Yet Adebayor hinted in an interview with africatopsports.com - published on the Togo Football Federation's website - that despite Villas-Boas' public declaration of support, the Portuguese may not be happy with the 28-year-old's participation in the tournament.

"That is what he said to the press, but not what he said to me," Adebayor said.

"There is a difference between what you say to the press and what you say in private."

"There is a difference between what you say to the press and what you say in private" - Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo head coach Didier Six must submit his squad for the cup by midnight and Adebayor is keen to be on it despite initial fears he had raised over the team being subjected to a similar attack to the one that took place in 2010 in Angola.

Three people, including the Togo's assistant coach, were killed when terrorists ambushed the team's coach.

Adebayor hid under a seat and survived the attack.

Togo's president Faure Gnassingbe appears to have allayed Adebayor's fears about another attack on the team later this month.

"I have met the head of state on two occasions. We talked, I told him what was wrong with Togolese football," Adebayor said.

"He must, at all costs, find solutions. We discussed it and he guaranteed that he will take charge of everything.

"If you ask me the question of whether I will go to the African Nations Cup, it is still 'yes and no' because I have a club. I have to go and announce to them the decision that I have taken, and then I will return to the national team."

Adebayor added: "As I have already said, I will discuss it with the president, Daniel Levy, and then I will return. No worries.

"In 2010 I wanted to go to the African Nations Cup to win and you saw all that happened, how that turned out. I hope this time will be better for me, for my team-mates, for all of Togo."

Spurs may look to sign a new striker and have been heavily linked with a move for Internacional forward Leandro Damiao, although the Brazilian's agent yesterday claimed the club had received no fresh bids for the player.

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