Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo return met with optimism among Sparrow Hawk fans

Fans of the national team have been waiting and hoping for his return to the squad, and they are now pleased to have the Tottenham player back

Former Togo captain and all-time top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor decided to return to the his national team after months of talks with the Togo Football Federation (FTF) reached a conclusion last week.

He quit the national team after the squad was ambushed in Cabinda, Angola ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, with an official and a coach killed and a goalkeeper seriously injured.

The 27-year-old Tottenham forward played for the Sparrow Hawks in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier win against Guinea Bissau.

Serge Gakpe scored the only goal for Togo in its 1-0 home win, allowing the nation to progress to the group stages of the African Zone qualifiers thanks to a narrow 2-1 aggregate, and having Adebayor back in the squad to lead the charge was definitely a boost for the side.

Goal.com spoke to Togolese fans to see what they thought about the striker's return, and they were certainly excited to have him back.

"He is an inspirational captain, and I don't think anyone blamed him for his choice at the time, because what happened in Cabinda was horrible, but now he has decided to return and we are very happy about this," said David Kardah, a painter from Lome.

"I am very pleased for his decision to come back. He was the reason we went to the World Cup and we want those joys again, in the African Cup and even the World Cup again. He is our best player and we need him, so it is great he has returned to us," revealed Colin Safou, a student currently residing in South Africa.

Gina, Colin's sister is equally pleased. "Adebayor is a symbol of Togo. Wherever we are we tell people that we are from Togo, the country of Adebayor, and they know him, so it is important he plays for our team," she said.

It seems that his return to the national team is a popular choice among fans of the Togo national team, and they will be expecting good things from the striker and his Sparrow Hawks in the 2014 World Cup and 2013 Afcon qualifiers.