Five AFCON flops

2015-02-09 13:03
Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)

Bata - Players who flopped at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea included:


Seen as potential successor to retired superstar Samuel Eto'o after banging in four goals during qualifying, Aboubakar did not impress in Group D for the Indomitable Lions.

2. SADIO MANE (Senegal)

There was a lot of pre-tournament hype around the goal-poacher, but Mane left his predatory penalty-area instincts behind at high-riding English Premier League club Southampton.

3. THABO MATLABA (South Africa)

Turning away from an opponent as Bafana Bafana left-back Matlaba did against Ghana is courting disaster and John Boye took full advantage to equalise in a make-or-break game for both sides that the Black Stars went on to win.


Another Southampton footballer who failed to click with two embarrassing first-half misses against Tunisia ultimately proving costly as the Chipolopolo lost after leading.


Voted the Most Valuable Player at the 2013 Cup of Nations, Pitroipa had a shocking tournament in Equatorial Guinea, wasting several gilt-edge scoring chances and constantly being caught offside.


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