Group D, Togo – Tunisia 1-1, Togo sail through for first ever quarterfinals
The Sparrow Hawks of Togo have achieved their first ever qualification for the second round of an African Cup of Nation5AFCON) after seven participation.
The Hawks break this long spell after putting up 1-1 against Tunisia to maintain the second position in Group D with four points.
Assisted by Adebayor at the 13’ Serge Gakpe open score for Togo while Khaled Mouelhi equalized on penalty at the 30’ before failing to give Tunisia lead on an another penalty at 78’.
Togo crosses over to the next round with Côte D’Ivoire while Tunisia are eliminated with Algeria whose fate had been sealed after their second defeat Saturday against Togo.
In the second round, Togo shall take on Burkina Faso, first of Group C while Côte D’Ivoire shall take on Nigeria second of Group C.
The main final game in group D pits Tunisia against Togo later today at the Mbonbela stadium in Nelspruit to decide on the side to join Ivory Coast at the quarterfinal of the Orange Africa cup of nations 2013. Both contenders have three points apiece but Togo need at least a draw to qualify as they are advantaged with superior goals. The Sparrow Hawks had a poor start at the continental show falling to Ivory Coast 1-2. In their second game against Algeria, they found the net twice to finish off the North Africans who became the first team to be signed out of South Africa 2013. After unsuccessful attempts in their last six outings, Didier Six and his men are chasing a quarterfinal berth for the first time in the history of the nations cup. On the other hand, the Carthage Eagles must pick up all the three points to be able to advance to the next stage. Their record in this edition so far shows one win against Algeria (1-0) and a defeat against Ivory Coast (3-0). The Togolese will count on their all time top scorer, Emmanuel Adebayor (27 goals). Much will also be expected from Tunisia’s Issam Jemma (34 goals) as well as Youssef Msakni who authored the winner against Algeria. Today’s winners will take on Burkina Faso who secured their ticked last night after drawing 0-0 with Zambia in group C.