Ivoirian midfielder Didier Ya Konan
The Elephants are on the warpath in search of their second continental crown following that of 1992, and will try to forget their repeated failures of 2006 and 2012 which saw them defeated in both finals, following penalty shootouts against Egypt and Zambia.
Led by coach Sabri Lamouchi, who replaced François Zahoui last May, Didier Drogba and his teammates are counting on their wealth of experience to reach their goal.
“Our experience and our solidarity will make the difference. Starting with Togo. If we show solidarity, there will be no reason not to win the match against the Sparrowhawks,” assured international striker Arouna Koné.
And for their big debut in the South African tournament, the Elephants are rearing to go with a full house and no injury concerns.
But Togo refuse to wear the loser’s badge as a foregone conclusion for their debut at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Because despite a warm-up period perturbed by internal conflict, the coach of the Sparrowhawks Didier Six can count on Emmanuel Adebayor and many of his other stars to lead the way.
Labelled the underdogs of Group D, the Togolese national team have every intention of being a killjoy at this Afcon CAN 2013.
“We did not come here for a holiday,” warned FC Lorient’s international midfielder Alaixys Romao on Sunday following their training session.