Togo vs. Tunisia: Emmanuel Adebayor Turns on Class as Togo Make Quarterfinals

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Togo striker and captain Emmanuel Adebayor called his side's progression through to the quarterfinals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations a "special moment."

The Sparrow Hawks drew 1-1 with Tunisia in their final Group D encounter, with a missed penalty by Khaled Mouelhi proving to be the crucial in their qualification.  

The African country have never made it to the final eight of the tournament—making this occurrence even more special—and as Adebayor said, a truly special moment.

It was a master class in creativity and attacking brilliance from the Tottenham Hotspur striker, whose participation was originally in some doubt for the tournament. A late decision to go after all from Adebayor is turning out to be simply brilliant, with the striker showcasing off his skills against Tunisia—all without finding the back of the net himself.

Adebayor played through Serge Gakpe for the opening goal of the match with some wonderful creativity, despite the goal being scored from an offside position.

He would then threaten the goal consistently at the other end throughout the majority of the match—unable to get the goal to put the result away for Togo, but still more than threatening enough to keep the Tunisian attack grounded for the most part.

Adebayor was also clearly denied a penalty in the second half after Cherifia brought him down in the box without getting the ball, but the result remanded the same.

And for the striker, that was more than enough reward for him.

This is a historic day for my country, my people, my family and for all those who love football in my country. It's a special moment.

We just have to enjoy it. We have to enjoy it and have a good time as a team. We have to keep working hard to make the story even better.

Togo will now face Burkina Faso in the quarterfinals of the tournament, with a real chance of progressing through to the next round after the news that the Stallions will be without goal-scoring machine Alain Traore, who was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

Burkina Faso striker Alain Traore likely to miss the rest of the Africa Cup of Nations. "His competition I would say is over" says BF doctor.

— Giles Goford (@ggoford) January 30, 2013

Either way, expect Adebayor to once again be pushing Togo towards greatness at the African Cup—proving that he still has what it takes to thrive in attack.

After a season that has only yielded three goals in 17 appearances for the North London club, perhaps this international success is exactly what is needed to kick-start his attacking dominance and brilliance that we all know exists within him.

Spurs will certainly be hoping so; Adebayor will certainly be hoping so as well. The nation of Togo will simply be hoping it continues for three more matches.

 

Can Adebayor lead Togo to African Cup glory in 2013?

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