The bizarre story behind Emmanuel Adebayor's journey back to Tottenham

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Emmanuel Adebayor has made his way back to Tottenham. But it wasn't so simple as it sounds.

Togo were knocked out of the African Nations Cup on Sunday night, news which was music to the ears of Tottenham fans after Jermain Defoe's injury hours earlier.

But as with most situations surrounding the Togo national team, the journey home was not quite so simple.

The troubles began after the game, when on Monday, South African authorities accused to Togo players of causing damage to a hotel room in which they were staying following the defeat.

The when they arrived at the airport, the players refused to board the flight which had been chartered by the Togolese FA.

They did not like the fact it would have to fly to Johannesburg from Nelspruit before heading to Paris, and began demanding alternative arrangements, arguing the diversion was a waste of their time.

To resolve the solution, Adebayor took matters into his own hands, or more accurately, his wallet.

As reported by Brazilian website LanceNet, the Tottenham striker raided his own bank account to hire a private jet to take the players directly to Paris.

With the team's players almost entirely playing their club football in Europe, Paris was a logical destination, and left the striker with a simple trip to London.

They boarded this one without problem, with the team far happier with the solution, even if Adebayor was slightly less richer, although you suspect on his astronomical wages, it was just a drop in the ocean, but it is likely the principle and inconvenience which will frustrate the striker.

Adebayor had to be talked into attending the tournament by the nation's president after a row over pay and conditions for the players had escalated, and you suspect this latest incident will only add fuel to that fire.

Are you hopeful Adebayor can hit the ground running for Spurs?

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