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Togo national team arrives in Kenya without key player

2012-02-27 01:48:28 GMT2012-02-27 09:48:28(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NAIROBI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Sparrow Hawks of Togo arrived in Nairobi on Sunday minus their star player Emmanuel Adebayor for their 2013 Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Harambee Stars on Wednesday.

The Togolese side under their coach Didier Dix has named 20 players in his squad with Tottenham Hotspurs forward Adebayor. Hotspurs lost to Arsenal 5-2 in their North London derby Sunday.

The Sparrow Hawks who appeared in the 2006 World Cup boast only one Togo based player in striker Arimiyaou Jondo who turns out for Okiti with majority of their side playing in Europe and South Africa.

Nyayo National Stadium will host the first leg of the knock-out match on Wednesday with Football Kenya Federation saying 25,500 tickets have been printed for the crucial match.

Stars have been training for the tie at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, the country's biggest stadium that is still under renovation hence the use of the much smaller Nyayo whose ban on international games was temporarily lifted by FIFA and CAF to allow Nations Cup and 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The return leg of the encounter is set for June in Lome, Togo.

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