(Sporting Alert) — Leading striker Emmanuel Adebayor says his Togo side must expect a tough game against Algeria when the pair clash in their Africa Cup of Nations Group D game at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.
Adebayor, who is the captain of Togo, didn’t play as well as he would have wanted in the 2-1 defeat to the Ivory Coast believes both sides will be looking to secure three points today after defeats in their openers.
“Now they have lost their first game just like us,” the Tottenham forward was quoted as telling ftftogo.com.
“It will be a tough match because we must take the three points to be in a good position for the final game.
“So it will be an open game and I hope that Togo will prevail.”
Togo coach Didier Six reveals that the team’s performance against Ivory Coast was less than satisfied, but believes the players are ready to move on.
“After the match against Ivory Coast we had a meeting, right afterwards because we had to recover quickly,” he said.
“The players now don’t think about Ivory Coast, they’re only thinking about the game against Algeria.
“In this group we are maybe the little team but I know my team, we have good players.
“It’s a difficult group but against Ivory Coast we proved that we can play good football and are good enough to go to the quarter-finals.”
Algeria, following the defeat to Tunisia in the last outing, know that they have to win the next two games and coach Vahid Halilhodzic says it starts against Togo.
“I’ve seen the determination in my player’s eyes. They have an inner force. There’s still a good spirit in the squad. I know our backs are against the wall,” Halilhodzic said.
“We have to look for two victories. We’re going to do everything to win because the only solution is victory.”
STARTING LINEUPS AND TEAM NEWS HERE..
Algeria: M’Bolhi, Mostefa, Halliche, Belkalem, Mesbah, Guedioura, Lacen, Feghouli, Soudani, Kadir, Slimani. Subs: Doukha, Cadamuro, Boudebouz, Bouazza, Medjani, Aoudia, Lemmouchia, Bezzaz, Tedjar, Ghoulam, Rial, Si Mohamed.
Togo: Agassa, Akakpo, Salifou, Nibombe, Djene, Romao, Jonathan Ayite, Mamah, Amewou, Gakpe, Adebayor. Subs: Atsu, Wome, Bossou, Floyd Ayite, Mani, Ouro-Akoriko, Segbefia, Placca, Ametepe, Donou, Damessi, Tchagouni.
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)