20.11.2014 07:00 h

Five Africa Cup of Nations qualifying stars

Vincent Aboubakar
Vincent Aboubakar

Five stars of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition:


A Cameroon team demoralised after a woeful 2014 World Cup campaign needed a consistent scorer to replace retired captain Samuel Eto'o and striker Aboubakar answered the call by scoring four goals, including a brace in the 4-1 Yaounde rout of Ivory Coast.


Brahimi is the rising star of an Algerian team that used to rely heavily on fellow midfielder Sofiane Feghouli for creativity. His three goals included a masterclass in timing, positioning and execution that wrapped up a 3-1 Blida victory over Ethiopia.

SENZO MEYIWA (South Africa)

Inspirational captain and goalkeeper Meyiwa kept four consecutive clean sheets to play a crucial role in the qualification of South Africa for the first time since 2008 before he was shot dead by armed robbers while visiting his pop singer girlfriend.


For a striker to score six qualifying goals is praiseworthy, but the diminutive Burkinabe who was voted the best player of the 2013 Cup of Nations achieved the feat operating as a wide midfielder. His haul included a brace in Angola.


Ebola-ravaged Guinea needed a special performance to resuscitate a floundering campaign and Slovakia-based striker Soumah scored a 26-minute hat-trick against Togo in Lome to earn a shock 4-1 triumph and set up qualification for the finals.