After losing their opening games, Algeria and Togo will be targeting their first points when they meet in a crucial 2013 Afcon encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday

Algeria which qualified as the second-best ranked team in the qualifiers were tipped by most pundits to go through to the next round alongside favourites Ivory Coast but the Fennec Foxes failed to get off to a winning start as they lost 1-0 to neighbours Tunisia after dominating most parts of the match.

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic will expect his charges led Islam Slimani, Foued Kadir and Adlene Guedioura who missed many scoring opportunities against Tunisia to be more lethal in front of goal this time round if they are to overcome Adebayor led Togo.

The Algerians will have to find a way to rebound mentally from what was an extremely disappointing defeat against Tunisia having dominated the game for most spells.

Nonetheless, the Bosnian coach must expect a tougher battle against the Sparrow Hawks who held their own during the 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast until they were sunk by a late Gervinho winner.

While a number of Algerian stars will look to redeem themselves in front of goal, the same goes for Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor who will aim to open his account in the tournament after missing some chances against Ivory Coast including a one on one in the opening minutes of the game. 

The winner of the game will brighten the chances of reaching the quarter finals going into the last game while a loss for any will mean elimination.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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