Although the likes of Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor and John Obi Mikel have been the focus of the majority of headlines at the 29th edition CAF Africa Cup of Nations, a number of previously unheralded players have grabbed their fair share of the spotlight.
FIFA.com looks at some of the up-and-comers who have used the tournament to showcase their talents.
Djene Dakonam (Togo)
One of the surprises of the tournament, Togo’s Sparrow Hawks mainly consist of foreign-based professionals, and the 21-year-old Dakonam is one of the few players in the squad plying their trade in Africa. The Coton Sport de Garoua defender usually plays on the right for his club in Cameroon but was used on the opposite flank by Togo’s coach Didier, and he proved himself to be convincing, quick and skilled despite only starting his national team career late last year.
Fatawu Dauda (Ghana)
The 27-year-old goalkeeper is one of four Ghana-based players in the Black Stars squad in South Africa. Widely ...