We take a closer look at Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after their surprise qualification for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations.
Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Date of birth: June 18, 1989 (age 22)
Place of birth: Laval, France
Nationality: Gabonese (also holds French and Italian nationalities)
Height: 1.85m (6ft 1in)
Current club: St Etienne
Former clubs: Milan, Dijon (loan), Lille (loan), Monaco (loan)
Background: Like Ghana's Andre Ayew, Aubameyang is the son of a former player — defender Pierre snr, who is head scout at Milan.
There are several other similarities — French-born, spells in Italy as a youth, the tendency to move out wide, great pace but raw technique — with a couple of subtle differences.
Don't be fooled by the Balotelli haircut - raised in Italy after his father settled there post playing career, Aubameyang has a strong work ethic, running endlessly both to create opportunities and space for team-mates.
He chases lost causes, and what he lacks in consistent touch he makes up for in desire and stamina — unlike the more flamboyant Ayew (whose Dad was legendary forward Abedi Pele), Pierre's father was a hard-working defender, so maybe it has rubbed off on him.
At club level it seems that Milan decided he was not going to progress to the level required for the first team, so they farmed him out on loan to several French clubs before he settled at St Etienne.
He has impressed at Les Verts, scoring six goals in 19 Ligue 1 matches this season and contributing strongly to the team: they made his loan a permanent transfer in December.
Watching him play for Gabon it is easy to see why he is a solid Ligue 1 player: quick, agile, enthusiastic, with clever movement off the ball. He causes problems and is a willing runner to help the midfield and defence. He is also willing to shoot — although his power and accuracy are questionable.
His control is by no means bad — he can, for example, run with the ball fairly freely and, on occasion, is capable of moments of magic — but to be one of Europe's star players he needs to strengthen his shooting and improve his first touch, which can let him down. His passing can also be a little wasteful although — for a player who enjoys drifting wide — it is useful that his crossing is decent and varied.
There is also a tendency to simulate, although he appears to have a good temperament, refusing to respond to repeated provocations from Tunisia's defenders while his team-mates got involved.
Physically and mentally he has all the attributes to be a major success — hopefully regular first-team football and good coaching will see him grow more consistent on the ball, with his shooting and passing accuracy certainly improvable with hard work.
Work rate: 9/10
Approximate value: £7m
Analysis from Gabon's 1-0 win over Tunisia at the African Cup of Nations on January 31
22' - Great low cross from Aubameyang but Cousin can't connect thanks to a superb Ifaa tackle!
44' - Lovely skill by Aubameyang on the right to beat his man and a dangerous ball in... havoc as bodies fly into the Tunisia box - but the whistle goes with the keeper claiming a foul again.
51' - Manga with a long ball for the speedy Aubameyang, who is clean through but a few yards offside.
62' - GOAL GABON! AUBAMEYANG! Given away in midfield, Cousin plays it through and, despite a poor first touch, Aubameyang still gets the shot in - terrible keeping, he let it through his body.
66' - Ragued dithers poorly and Aubameyang shoots; again it's weak and heading wide but mishandled dreadfully by Jridi who almost palms it into Cousin's path.
86' - Aubameyang on the run but he clearly dives in the box. No booking, Tunisia allowed to clear.