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Five Africa Cup of Nations facts

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts ahead of 2015 tournament in Equatorial Guinea:

Former Ivory Coast star Laurent Pokou is the only player to score five goals in a game. He scored once in the first half and another four after half-time in the 6-1 Group A rout of Ethiopia during the 1970 tournament in Sudan.

Tunisia will make a 12th consecutive appearance at the tournament this year in Equatorial Guinea, but non-qualifiers Egypt hold the record with 14 straight showings between 1984 and 2010 that delivered five titles.

Group D rivals Cameroon and Ivory Coast have clashed seven times in previous tournaments with the Indomitable Lions holding a distinct edge having won five of the matches and drawn the other two.

Former Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan is the only star to win the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award twice having got the nod in 2006 and 2010 after helping the Pharaohs win those tournaments.

Only two nations have lifted the trophy without conceding a goal — Alain Gouamene of the Ivory Coast kept five clean sheets in 1992 and Alioum Boukar of Cameroon was unbeaten in six matches 10 years later.

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