The outstanding performers from the tournament:
Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
The title of Best African Goalkeeper has the ups and downs of an aggressive merry-go-round. When Enyeama shut-out the world’s best at the 2010 World Cup, most placed him at the top of the African goalkeeping food chain. But he was starved of action at Lille and forged a forgotten figure on the continental stage. Two and a half years later, Enyeama found a familiar stage at the Cup of Nations. He was back in South Africa and playing better than ever. Captain Vincent picked up a CAF Team of the Tournament award and conceded just four goals on the road to the title.
Efe Ambrose (Nigeria)
Efe Ambrose produced the unselfish front that characterized the team spirit of the Nigerian Super Eagles. Deployed in a secondary position as a right full-back, Ambrose provided the defensive solidity to shield young centre-backs Omeruo and Oboabona, but also the attacking know-how to feed the likes of Moses, Ideye and Musa. Keshi can’t have asked for much more from the Celtic defender.
Fernando ‘Nando’ Neves (Cape Verde)
The colossal Wolverine-like defender was captain personified as Cape Verde eclipsed their just-happy-to-be-here expectations and reached the knockout stages on their Afcon debut. He regularly barked out orders to his fellow defenders and carefully placed the midfielders in front of him like a Soviet chess grandmaster, and was always willing to put his body on the line to make goal-saving blocks. Cape Verde’s biggest headache will be how to replace the 32-year-old following his retirement from international football, for Neves is the type of defender who transforms a decent defence into a very good one.