The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has witnessed numerous remarkable goalscoring records throughout its history. From the first-ever goal to the youngest and oldest goalscorers, as well as the fastest and latest goals, the tournament has provided fans with unforgettable moments. In this article, we will explore some of the most significant goalscoring records in AFCON history.
AFCON Goalscoring Records
Let’s now explore some of the most significant goalscoring records in AFCON history, including the first-ever goal, the oldest and youngest goalscorers, the fastest goals, the latest goals, the most goals in a single match and tournament, the goalscoring goalkeeper, and players with the most hat-tricks and goals in multiple tournaments.
First Ever Goal and Hat-Trick
Raafat Attia made history by scoring the first-ever goal in the Africa Cup of Nations. In the inaugural tournament held on February 10, 1957, Attia found the back of the net for Egypt against hosts Sudan in a 2–1 victory.
Another Egyptian player, Ad-Diba, became the first player to score a hat-trick in an AFCON match. He scored four goals against Ethiopia on February 16, 1957, in the final match of the inaugural tournament, securing a 4–0 victory for Egypt.
Ad-Diba also holds the record for being the first-ever top goalscorer in an AFCON tournament, having scored five goals for Egypt in 1957.
Oldest and Youngest Goalscorers
Hossam Hassan holds the record for being the oldest goalscorer in AFCON history. At the age of 39 years and 174 days, he scored for Egypt against DR Congo in a 4–1 victory on February 3, 2006.
On the other end of the spectrum, Shiva N’Zigou became the youngest goalscorer in AFCON at the age of 16 years and 93 days. He scored for Gabon against South Africa in a 1–3 defeat on January 23, 2000.
AFCON Fastest Goals
The AFCON has witnessed several lightning-fast goals, with players finding the net in the opening minute of the match. Some notable examples include Hassan El-Shazly’s goal for Egypt against Ivory Coast in 1974, Chérif Fetoui’s goal for Morocco against Congo in 1976, and Phillip Omondi’s goal for Uganda against Congo in 1978.
Other players who have scored within the first minute include Tueba Menayame for Zaire against Cameroon in 1992, Ayman Mansour for Egypt against Gabon in 1994, Tijani Babangida for Nigeria against South Africa in 2000, and Soufiane Alloudi for Morocco against Namibia in 2008.
In terms of the latest goals scored during regulation time, Bruno Zita Mbanangoyé holds the record. He scored for Gabon against Morocco in the 90th minute and 10th second, securing a 3–2 victory in 2012.
When considering goals scored including extra time, Brighton Sinyangwe for Zambia against Zaire in 1974 and Jaouad Zairi for Morocco against Algeria in 2004 both scored in the 120th minute, leaving a lasting impact on their respective matches.
Most Goals in a Single Match and Tournament
Laurent Pokou’s performance for Ivory Coast in 1970 stands as the most goals scored by a player in a single match. He netted five goals in a 6–1 victory against Ethiopia.
Ndaye Mulamba holds the record for the most goals scored by a player in a single tournament. He scored nine goals for Zaire in the 1974 tournament, leaving a lasting impact on his team’s campaign.
Kennedy Mweene made history as the first and only goalkeeper to score a goal in an AFCON tournament. Representing Zambia in 2013, Mweene showcased his skills by finding the back of the net.
Most Hat-Tricks and Tournaments with a Goal
Hassan El-Shazly holds the record for the most hat-tricks in AFCON history. He achieved this feat twice, representing the United Arab Republic in 1963 and 1970.
Several players have made their mark by scoring in multiple tournaments. Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Asamoah Gyan, and André Ayew (both for Ghana) have each scored in a record six different AFCON tournaments.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago