Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Emmanuel Adebayor's Goal Is Sign of Resurgence

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2013

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 26: Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates his goal during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Togo and Algeria at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 26, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Emmanuel Adebayor finally netted his first goal of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in what should be the start of a resurgence for the struggling forward.

The Togo star helped elevate his team to a 2-0 victory over Algeria by scoring the first goal of the match in what proved to be the winning strike. It was the first goal for Adebayor in nearly a month, with the last coming as a member of the Tottenham Hotspur.

The past year has proven to be a difficult one and the goals aren't coming as easy anymore. Adebayor has scored just three times in 18 appearances for Tottenham this season.

Upon his leaving to play in Africa, American Clint Dempsey has taken his role and filled in beautifully for Adebayor, with five goals in his last seven outings.

That has left the 28-year-old in danger of losing his job when he returns, and rightfully so, Dempsey has played far better when given the opportunity.

But now that Adebayor has his first goal under his belt in this tournament, it could be just what the doctor ordered for his resurgence back to greatness. Granted, it's only one goal, but with his recent lack of scoring, one goal is a big deal for Adebayor and it could quite possibly open the floodgates.

His detractors will no doubt say that Adebayor is taking advantage of lesser competition, but at least the Togo star isn't playing down to that same competition.

Adebayor still has a ways to go as far as getting back to his old form, but this first goal was a great place to start.

We still need to see him do more, but more scoring and aggressive play from Adebayor will go a long way in helping Togo win the tourney, as well as securing his job with Tottenham.