Reigning Paraguayan first division champions Olimpia have parted ways with former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor because of logistical and economic hurdles related to COVID-19.

The 36-year-old Togo international returned to his homeland in March after the Paraguayan season was suspended amid the health crisis.

In a statement, Olimpia said Adebayor remained stranded in the West African nation with no feasible way of returning to South America in the near term.

“The pandemic puts the player at a health risk to return to our country, with multiple flights, stopovers and quarantine measures, in addition to the high travel cost and the economic situation the country is going through – which Olimpia has not escaped,” read a club statement.

“That forces us to make the best decision to protect the heritage of our institution and to guarantee relative economic stability to face the rest of the year and thus continue our victorious path,” it added.

Adebayor, who joined Olimpia in February, failed to score in four matches for the Asuncion-based club. The 36-year-old was sent off for kicking out at an opponent in his last appearance – a 2-1 home victory over Argentina’s Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores on March 11. Enditem

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