The final games in the African Cup of Nations qualification rounds finished up today, and a few Spurs players will be affected. Nabil Bentaleb, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, and Bongani Khumalo will all be a part of their national teams in January and early February, but Emmanuel Adebayor will be staying home after Togo failed to qualify.
Algeria lost their final match 2-0 at Mali, but it hardly mattered as they easily won their qualifying group. While Bentaleb is currently recovering from injury, he'll probably be healthy just in time for the start of AFCON.
South Africa and Cameroon also topped their qualification groups, but this probably is of lesser concern since Assou-Ekotto and Khumalo are unlikely to feature in any way, shape, or form for Spurs.
Togo, however, is a different story. They finished dead last in their group, which means Adebayor will be for sure staying with Spurs after the new year. Whatever you think about Ade, this is good news for Spurs as it ensures that their entire striking corps will be present after the holiday break. If you're of the opinion that Ade is the one keeping Harry Kane out of the Spurs lineup, you may be crying in your beer at the moment.
AFCON, the international tournament for African nations, will be held January 17 through February 8, 2015. Originally scheduled to be held in Morocco, their bid to host was voluntarily withdrawn due to the spreading Ebola crisis in west Africa. The tournament will now be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.