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Adebayor hails Ghana's Under-20 success

By Thomas Cooper
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Adebayor speaks to CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Emmanuel Adebayor says Ghana's U-20 success is a major landmark
  • The achievement has delighted football supporters beyond West Africa
  • Despite Togo's absence Adebayor eagerly anticipating South Africa 2010
  • He believes European-based African stars will light up home tournament

London, England (CNN) -- Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has heaped praise on recent Under-20 World Cup winners Ghana describing their success as a major advancement in the progress of African football.

Speaking to CNN World Sport's Pedro Pinto, Adebayor said, ahead of the continent's first senior World Cup in South Africa next year, that the victory in Egypt was a huge moment in an already exciting period for Africa.

Billed as a showpiece for the sport's future stars, Ghana became the first African side to win the competition, when they defeated four-time winners Brazil 4-3 on penalties.

Adebayor believes the whole continent were proud in the young Ghanaians "writing history."

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"They just won the Under-20 World Cup for the first time in our history so everything is coming our way this time. It's very good, very positive for us as Africans.

"We are very happy for those young lads. What they have done for us, it's like they have started writing history."

Despite the failure of his native Togo to qualify for next summer's World Cup, Adebayor is still eagerly anticipating the continent hosting the tournament, a landmark he describes as "a dream come true."

Ghana's senior side and Ivory Coast have already qualified, while the likes of Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia can still do so.

We are very happy for those young lads. What they have done for us, it's like they have started writing history.
--Emmanuel Adebayor, on Ghana's Under-20 World Cup victory

The 25-year old who has had an eventful start to his Manchester City career sees the presence of fellow-Africans in some of Europe's top sides as evidence whoever plays in South Africa will have the quality necessary to make an impact.

"Africans are in all the big teams. We go to Inter Milan we have Muntari and Eto'o, we come to Chelsea, you got Michael Essien, you got Didier Drogba. You go to Barcelona, you got Keita, you got Diarra in Madrid.

"You have got a lot of African players around and you know, we just have to believe that we can do it. The players have to believe first and lead us to this dream because I think a lot of African people are dreaming about these days.

"What is going to happen in the South Africa 2010, I think if my brothers believe that they can do it, they can make that dream become truth for all African people."