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The Sparrow Hawks centre-back says his side achieved its main objective for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations despite their shock loss to the Stallions in the quarterfinals

Togo are back on the continental scene and it is a new dawn for the west African team after years of turbulence and fatality, and despite their elimination from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations there are better days are ahead, according to the team’s defender Vincent Bossou.

The 26-year-old, who plays for Navibank Saigon FC in Vietnam, said he was happy how they progressed across the tournament and how their participation in the competition revived hope for the team and the country’s football back home.

“First of all we should understand that Togo team is coming from afar. We had troubled times in the recent past and our team was in disarray and very few people even back home believed we could get this far at the 2013 Afcon,” Bossou told Goal.com.

“But we knew we had to prove to not only our fans but to the entire nation that there is a future for Togo football, which we felt could inspire the younger generation and unite the country. Although we lost to Cote D’Ivoire 2-1 in our opener, it stirred wide interest across Togo that the team was back and could face any side in the competition.”

Adebayor has come to stay, according to Bossou, and will lead the team to upcoming tournaments.

“Everybody saw what Emmanuel Adebayor did for the team during the tournament. He inspired us, pushed us and made the fans back home happy. We are sure great things will happen from here and that Togo football will know no troubles again.”

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