(Sporting Alert) — Tottenham fans are hoping Togo will not get past the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations, but the man they want, Emmanuel Adebayor wants to beat Burkina Faso.
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Venue: Mbombela Stadium, in Nelspruit
Date: Sunday 3 February
Kick-off: 12:30 ET
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Striker and captain Adebayor hasn’t been setting the tournament on fire, as many had thought, but his presence on the pitch has made Togo a better team.
On Sunday, Togo play in their first Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final and the confidence are high in the camp at the moment.
The team will be without duo Jonathan Ayite and Serge Akakpo, who are both suspended after picking up two bookings each in the group stages.
“I think it’s momentous for Togo and everything is going well and we are concentrating on this game and I hope everything is going to be OK,” midfielder Komlan Amewou said.
“I know they have some fantastic players but we don’t care about that we just have to do our best and see what happens.”
Meanwhile, the exciting Burkina Faso will be without the tournament’s top scorer Alain Traore, who misses the rest of the tournament with a groin injury.
Togo coach Didier Six said: “Burkina Faso are in a quarter-final to so we can’t say they are a little team or a big team – if they are here they are a very good team.
“[Alain] Traore is a good player and they will miss him but I think the Burkina Faso coach has other good players – it’s not my problem it’s his problem.”
In the meantime, Put has warned his players to be mindful of the danger Adebayor can bring, stating that the Premier League striker is “is very smart.”
“The motivation is there, I haven’t seen many problems [during training] and the players have had a good recuperation,” said Burkina Faso coach Paul Put.
“Emmanuel Adebayor is one of Togo’s key players – not only his technical quality but he is very smart, has experience, he has maturity and so you have to be very very careful with him.
“They have fast wingers, too, so we have to be careful and the rest are a competitive team and they have big physical players.”
The team’s midfielder Djakaridja Kone is, however, looking past Adebayor.
“Togo have a very good team, not just Adebayor so we respect this team but we know they have some difficulties in this team,” said Kone.
“The defenders I don’t think they are so strong and we have a very good attack and we know we can score against them and play a good game and reach the semi-final.”
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