The African Cup of Nations finished over 2 months ago, but I thought I would go back and reflect on what was an eventful competition which saw Cameroon win the whole thing. The hosts Gabon suffered an early exit in the group stage with their ‘best players’ having a poor time. The players in question Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both playing poorly for their side. This ultimately meant that other players had to step up and one man very much did and this man was Denis Bouanga.
Denis Bouanga became a national hero with his efforts during the tournament and arguably being one of the best players at the competition. Bouanga only assisted one but his contribution showed massively and was by far Gabon’s best player. With his ability to dribble past players and produce great touches with ease on what were some absolutely shocking pitches should be given credit for. It was also in the tournament that Bouanga picked up 2 Player of the match awards in the 3 games he played which is tremendous considering he was playing in a side who underachieved. However, with all the positives his tournament ended on such a sad note with Bouanga in the 90th minute hitting the post and that goal would have sent Gabon through but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Saying this though Bouanga could go out with his head held high being one of the only Gabonese players to turn up and shine at the AFCON.
Domestically, Bouanga has been on top form too. He has bagged himself 10 goals and 6 assists in 29 games in a slightly more different Right Wing role as opposed to his Left-Wing role for Gabon but has occasionally played in other positions too. Bouanga is excelling on loan in the 2nd tier of French football with Tours FC from Lorient. It is crazy that a player of Bouanga’s quality is not playing in Ligue 1 and you think if he was there then maybe their situation might not be as bad as it currently is.
With only 2 months remaining on his contract clubs would be crazy not to consider signing this young player who is still only 22. With the ability to play on both wings, being fantastic at beating players and delivering great crosses the Gabonese International would be a great acquisition for many mid table top tier teams.