Five AFCON flops

Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)
Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)

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

1. VINCENT ABOUBAKAR (Cameroon)

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.

4. EMMANUEL MAYUKA (Zambia)

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

5. JONATHAN PITROIPA (Burkina Faso)

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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