African Cup of Nations - Spurs: Adebayor going to South Africa

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor will fly out to the African Cup of Nations following Saturday's game against QPR.

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Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur (PA Photos)

Adebayor had initially refused to play in the tournament due to a row over team security and unpaid bonuses, but following talks with the country's president the Tottenham striker decided to take part.

"The club can confirm that Emmanuel Adebayor has been called up by the Togo FA for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations," read a club statement.

"The striker will be available for this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers before travelling out to South Africa to meet up with his international team-mates ahead of the championships."

However, Adebayor has hinted in an interview with website africatopsports - published on the Togo Football Federation's official site - that despite Andre Villas-Boas's 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."

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.

Togo head coach Didier Six will submit his squad for the cup by midnight and Adebayor will 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 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."

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