Arsenal striker Emannuel Adebayor has trained with his mates of the Togolese national team ahead of their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon built for Accra – Ghana. The captain of the Hawks (nickname of the Togolese team) could be seen in the video below jogging with the group and receiving tactical advice from their Belgian-born manager Jean Thissen.
When Adebayor was included in the selection called to camp for this game, many pundits suggested that he was merely going to serve as a morale booster for the rest of the players. They argued that Togo would not risk a club versus country row by playing the foward who is recovering from a hamstring injurey that has kept him out of Arsene Wenger’s team for the past weeks. But a member of Togo’s techanical staff is quoted as saying that Adebayor did not make the trip for nothing. His presence in training so far suggests that he may well be involved Saturday’s confrontation.
Fans in West Africa are eager to watch a match-up between the Indomitable Lions’ Samuel Eto’o (three time African footballer of the year) and Emmanuel Adebayor who received the CAF African Player of the Year 2008 award in February. The last time the two faced each other while playing for their national teams was in January 2006 at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Eto’o who had just returned from a knee injury led the Lions to a 2-0 victory (scoring and making an assist) against the Hawks who were on their way to the FIFA World Cup in Germany.