Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor will not be selected for Togo again and has been likened to a bad date after he failed to respond to a call-up.
Togo coach Tom Saintfiet says Adebayor failed to respond after being selected for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Djibouti last week and will now turn to a different striker.
Adebayor played and scored in the 2-1 victory over Liberia in June but had threatened not to play against Djibouti after being stripped of the captaincy.
Saintfiet said: “If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman. For me, it is clear that it is a player who does not want to play for his country any more.
“He does not want his country to be qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations. He has agreed to play against Liberia, and not against Djibouti. For me, it is not the duty of a player to decide against which opponent he will play.”