Three years after the deadly Cabinda machine gun attack, Togo were celebrating an historic feat on Wednesday by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time. The first round drew to a close with Togo deservedly holding former champions Tunisia to a 1-1 draw in Nelspruit, despite a hatful of strange calls by South African referee Daniel Bennett. That was sufficient to see the little West African nation sneak past the Carthage Eagles with a goal more, as they beat Algeria 2-0 compared to Tunisia’s 1-0 victory. Togo were led by talismanic captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who hid under a seat when the Togo team bus came under fire from separatists in the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda before the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola. Two of Togo's entourage died in the attack. On their return to the continental showcase and in making the quarters for the first time Togo have, if not banished the memories of that horrific day, at least have given themselves and their supporters something to smile about.
VERDICT: Burkina Faso 15/10
These sides met last year in August in a friendly where Burkina Faso came out 3-0 winners away to Togo. Togo showed frailties in defence against Tunisia as they were easily breached, for their opponents to create numerous chances in the dying minutes of the match. Burkina Faso’s thumping of Ethiopia showed the quality they possess going forward and they are tipped to nip the win here.