Afcon 2015: Hidden gems, great goals & potential January signings

Afcon team of the groups

Stunning goals, shock exits and the drawing of lots to decide qualification, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has already provided drama and controversy - and we have not yet reached the quarter-final stage.

The tournament has seen 45 goals scored in 24 group matches with eight teams bidding to win the title in Equatorial Guinea.

Alongside statisticians Opta, BBC Sport presents the statistical team of the group stages, with each player in the tournament rated on numerous actions in the positions in which they play.

With the January transfer window set to close soon around Europe, are there some hidden gems set to achieve a big move on their back of their Afcon heroics?

German scout Lutz Pfannenstiel
"The tournament move made it a little more difficult for scouting as Morocco was easier to access for European scouts. So it is a tournament where not too many scouts have made it here, many scouting via television. It makes it better to be there obviously as you can see the lines of play, for example."The Cup has changed in recent years and in the last five or six editions, you cannot find a big secret of a player. Now, probably 80% of them are Europe based. Yes, there are some local players who may be hidden gems but they often don't make the starting line-up for their country. So clubs coming here for talent are aware of that."

GOALKEEPER - Felipe Ovono (Equatorial Guinea)

Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper Felipe Ovono
Felipe Ovono, 21, plays for Deportivo Mongomo in the Equatoguinean Premier League

Ovono has made 13 saves, more than any other goalkeeper.

DEFENDER - Kara (Senegal)

Kara
The 25-year-old Kara plays for Belgian side Genk

Kara may have been ultimately disappointed at being knocked out at the group stage with Senegal, despite having made 36 clearances, more than any other defender in the group stages.

DEFENDER - Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria)

Faouzi Ghoulam
Faouzi Ghoulam, 23, signed for Italian side Napoli in 2014

The defender played a key role in helping Algeria qualify for a quarter-final against Ivory Coast, blocking five crosses, more than any other player.

DEFENDER - Aurelien Chedjou (Cameroon)

Aurelien Chedjou
Aurelien Chedjou, 28, plays for Turkish top-flight side Galatasaray

The defender had 163 touches in his own half, the most of any defender, but was left disappointed as Cameroon finished bottom of Group D.

DEFENDER - Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia)

Stoppila Sunzu
Defender Stoppila Sunzu, 25, plays for China club Shanghai Shenhua

Zambia may have been knocked out at the group stages but the defender made a stage-high 11 interceptions.

MIDFIELDER - Andre Ayew (Ghana)

Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew, 25, plays for French club Marseille

Ghana will hope to go a lot further in the tournament and Ayew could play a key role, having scored two goals from two shots on target.

MIDFIELDER - Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria)

Sofiane Feghouli
Sofiane Feghouli, 25, has won two Algerian player of the year awards playing for Valencia

Algeria were joint favourites going into the tournament and Feghouli played a part in helping them into the quarter-finals, being the only player to provide an assist for more than one goal in the group stage.

MIDFIELDER - Andile Jali (South Africa)

Andile Jali
Andile Jali, 24, plays for Belgian Pro League team KV Oostende

A disappointing tournament for South Africa but Jali created six goalscoring chances for Bafana Bafana. He deserved better than being knocked out at the group stage.

FORWARD - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 25, is a regular for Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund

The striker had six shots on target in the group stage, more than any other player, but was left disappointed as Gabon lost out in the first round.

FORWARD - Dieumerci Mbokani (DR Congo)

Dieumerci Mbokani
Dieumerci Mbokani, 29. plays his club football for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev

The striker will be a threat in Saturday's quarter-final against Congo, having had more shots from inside the penalty area in the group stage - eight - than any other player.

FORWARD: Thievy Bifouma (Congo)

Thievy Bifouma
Thievy Bifouma, 22, played for West Brom on loan and is now at Almeria from Valencia until the end of the season

Having created eight goalscoring chances, the joint highest in the group stage, he will hope to do more of the same against DR Congo in Saturday's quarter-final.

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