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Aboubakar: Cameroon’s Key Man

Published On 04/01/2015 | By Patrick Ansah | AFCON, Africa, Best of the Rest, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Features, International, Top Stories

AnsahCameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar has been phenomenal for his national team over the past five years.

He is therefore tagged to be the star man for the Indomitable Lions at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

Following the retirement of legendary Samuel Eto’o, the big stage looks set for Aboubakar to show his worth. After a disappointing 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, the Central African country needed a new face to lead the line without the retired captain Eto’o. The 22-year-old grabbed that opportunity and scored four of Cameroon’s nine goals during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

At the age of 18, he featured for his national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The striker was the only local-based and youngest player in the team at that moment. His exploits at the competition earned him a contract to play for French side Valenciennes FC.

Even with a height of 176cm and 82kg weight, he is always a thorn in the flesh of defenders. The FC Porto player is a very good dribbler and passer of the ball. The pacy striker also likes long balls and doesn’t dive into tackles easily.

The former Coton Sport goal-poacher hasn’t just been in good form for the four-time African champions but also for his club side, FC Porto. If Volker Finke’s side are to claim the African crown in 2015, then Aboubakar will need to be at his explosive best.

by Patrick Ansah

 

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