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Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers All Time

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Let’s now see the list of AFCON Golden Boot winners so far in history.

Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar, who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, is the most current Golden Boot Awardee, finishing with an all-time single tournament record of eight goals in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. It’s the most goals scored by an AFCON competitor since 1974.

See YouTube Video of Vincent Aboubakar’s 2022 AFCON Goals

Aboubakar’s Cameroon teammate, Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon is second placed in the AFCON Golden Boot winners in 2022.

Below is the African Cup of Nations Golden Boot winners or, if you like, Africa Cup Of Nations top scorers.

AFCON Top Scorers Of All Time

1957: Egypt – Ad-Diba (5 Goals)                                

1959: United Arab Republic– Mahmoud El-Gohary (3 Goals)                                  

1962: Ethiopia – Mengistu Worku (3 Goals); Egypt – Badawi Abdel Fattah (3 Goals)                                 

1963: Egypt – Hassan El-Shazly (6 Goals)                              

1965: Ghana – Ben Acheampong (3 Goals); Ghana– Osei Kofi (3 Goals); Ivory Coast – Eustache Manglé (3 Goals)                              

1968: Ivory Coast – Laurent Pokou (6 Goals)                        

1970: Ivory Coast  – Laurent Pokou (8 Goals)                                   

1972: Mali – Salif Keïta (5 Goals)                              

1974: DR Congo – Ndaye Mulamba (9 Goals)                                   

1976: Guinea – Mamadou Aliou Keïta (4 Goals)                               

1978: Uganda – Phillip Omondi (3 Goals); Ghana – Opoku Afriyie (3 Goals); Nigeria– Segun Odegbami (3 Goals)                         

1980: Morocco – Khaled Labied (3 Goals); Nigeria – Segun Odegbami (3 Goals)                        

1982: Ghana – George Alhassan (4 Goals)                            

1984: Egypt – Taher Abouzaid (4 Goals)                               

1986: Cameroon  – Roger Milla (4 Goals)                            

1988: Algeria – Lakhdar Belloumi (2 Goals); Cameroon – Roger Milla (2 Goals); Ivory Coast – Abdoulaye Traoré (2 Goals); Egypt – Gamal Abdelhamid (2 Goals)                                   

1990: Algeria – Djamel Menad (4 Goals)                              

1992: Nigeria  – Rashidi Yekini (4 Goals)                              

1994: Nigeria – Rashidi Yekini (5 Goals)                               

1996: Zambia – Kalusha Bwalya (5 Goals)                            

1998: Egypt – Hossam Hassan (7 Goals); South Africa– Benni McCarthy (7 Goals)                               

2000: South Africa – Shaun Bartlett (5 Goals)                                   

2002: Cameroon – Patrick Mboma (3 Goals); Cameroon – Salomon Olembé (3 Goals); Nigeria – Julius Aghahowa (3 Goals)                         

2004: Cameroon – Patrick Mboma (4 Goals); Mali – Frédéric Kanouté (4 Goals); Morocco– Youssef Mokhtari (4 Goals); Nigeria – Jay-Jay Okocha (4 Goals); Tunisia – Francileudo Santos (4 Goals)                                  

2006: Cameroon – Samuel Eto’o (5 Goals)                           

2008: Cameroon – Samuel Eto’o (5 Goals)                           

2010: Egypt – Mohamed Nagy (5 Goals)                               

2012: Angola – Manucho (3 Goals); Ivory Coast – Didier Drogba (3 Goals); Gabon  – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (3 Goals); Mali– Cheick Diabaté (3 Goals); Morocco– Houssine Kharja (3 Goals); Zambia – Christopher Katongo (3 Goals); Zambia – Emmanuel Mayuka (3 Goals)                                 

2013: Ghana – Mubarak Wakaso (4 Goals); Nigeria – Emmanuel Emenike (4 Goals)                               

2015: Congo – Thievy Bifouma (3 Goals); DR Congo– Dieumerci Mbokani (3 Goals); Equatorial Guinea– Javier Balboa (3 Goals); Ghana– André Ayew (3 Goals); Tunisia – Ahmed Akaïchi (3 Goals)                            

2017: DR Congo – Junior Kabananga (3 Goals)                                 

2019: Nigeria – Odion Ighalo (5 Goals)                                 

2021: Cameroon – Vincent Aboubakar (8 Goals)    

Those are the Africa Cup Of Nations top scorers. But I’ll like to embellish this post with a top 10 AFCON’s all-time top scorers’ list before I go.

Top 10 African Nation Cup Top Scorers

The following players are all-time top scorers of AFCON:

Kalusha Bwalya – Zambia (10 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

Though the Super Eagles of Nigeria won the 1994 AFCON, Bwalya, who has appeared in six Nations Cup editions (1986, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000), spearheaded the Chipolopolo to an emotional runners-up place. In 1996, Bwalya got one of the golden boots as well as the FIFA World Player of the Year nomination. He played a total of 23 matches for Zambia and got 10 goals in all.

Joel Tiéhi – Ivory Coast (10 goals)

The former Le Havre man featured in four Nations Cup (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998) for his country. The 1994 and 1998 editions of the AFCON tournaments saw him find the net on four separate occasions, aiding the Elephants to third place in the 1998 competition. He played 15 matches for his 10 goal award

Ndaye Mulamba – DR Congo (10 goals)

Mulamba appeared at only Nations Cup (1974, 1976) and scored an astounding nine goals to help Zaire’s title-winning journey in the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations. He was awarded player of the tournament and the National Order of the Leopard accreditation by President Mobutu in his homeland. He got his 10 goals from playing in matches at AFCON.

Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast (11 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

The former Chelsea striker consistently scored goals for Côte d’Ivoire in the five editions (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013) he went to without ever lifting the continent’s most prestigious cup. He featured in 24 matches to get his 11 AFCON goals.

Hossam Hassan – Egypt (11 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

Hassan is one of the few players that have been to as many as seven AFCON tournaments (1986, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006). In 1998, the striker was awarded the golden boot following seven tournament strikes, including two against hosts Burkina Faso in the semi-final and a group stage treble that dismantled Zambia. He played 21 matches to earn those 11 goals.

Patrick Mboma – Cameroon (11 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

Patrick Mbomba was at four Nations Cup (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004) and became joint top scorer at both the 2002 and 2004 editions. He featured in 17 matches for the 11 goals that he earned.

Hassan El-Shazly – Egypt (12 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

Despite holding the record for goals by an Egyptian at Africa’s grandest stage, the AFCON is however a competition doused in frustration for El-Shazly who has been at three editions of the tournament in 1963, 1970, and 1974. He played a total of 8 matches to amass 12 goals.

Rashidi Yekini – Nigeria (13 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

Yekini is one of Nigeria’s greatest ever goalscorers. In three tournaments, between the period 1990 and 1994, he contributed 13 goals from playing 20 matches. He featured in four editions of AFCON for the Super Eagles (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994).

Laurent Pokou – Ivory Coast (14 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

Pokou tore the continent apart, contributing a combined 14 goals, having played in just 12 fixtures, including five in a single clash with Sierra Leone. He attended four AFCON tournaments in 1968, 1970, 1974, and 1980.

Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon (18 goals)

Africa Cup Of Nations Top Scorers

The lethal finisher Eto’o played a total of 29 matches to amass 18 goals to become AFCON’s all-time top scorer. The Africa Cup of Nations winner was at six AFCON editions ((2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) before he could eventually water down Pokou’s 14 goals record and did so as early as 2008. Will Eto’o’s AFCON goal record ever get beaten? Time will tell.     

Other Africa Cup Of Nations top scorers of all time include the following names:   

  • Francileudo Santos: Tunisia (10 Goals)                                            
  • Mengistu Worku: Ethiopia (10 Goals)
  • André Ayew: Ghana (10 Goals)                                            
  • Manucho: Angola (9 Goals)                          
  • Vincent Aboubakar: Cameroon (9 Goals)                           
  • Abdoulaye Traoré: Ivory Coast (9 Goals)                             
  • Pascal Feindouno: Guinea (8 Goals)                        
  • Sadio Mané: Senegal (8 Goals)                                 
  • Ahmed Hassan: Egypt (8 Goals)                                 
  • Seydou Keita: Mali (8 Goals)                        
  • Asamoah Gyan: Ghana (8 Goals)                              
  • Osei Kofi: Ghana (7 Goals)                            
  • Ali Abo Gresha: Egypt (7 Goals)                               
  • Taher Abouzeid: Egypt (7 Goals)                              
  • Frédéric Kanouté: Mali (7) Goals                             
  • Flávio: Angola (7 Goals)                                
  • Benni McCarthy: South Africa (7 Goals)                              
  • Christopher Katongo: Zambia (7 Goals)                              
  • Roger Milla: Cameroon (7 Goals)                             
  • Abedi Pele: Ghana (7 Goals)                         
  • Jay-Jay Okocha: Nigeria (7 Goals)                            
  • Youssef Msakni: Tunisia (7 Goals)                            
  • George Alhassan: Ghana (6 Goals)                           
  • Wilberforce Mfum: Ghana (6 Goals)                        
  • Ahmed Faras: Morocco (6 Goals)                             
  • Mayanga Maku: DR Congo (6 Goals)                                   
  • Segun Odegbami: Nigeria (6 Goals)                         
  • Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt (6 Goals)                                 
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Gabon (6 Goals)                                 
  • Shaun Bartlett: South Africa (6 Goals)                                 
  • Julius Aghahowa: Nigeria (6 Goals)                         
  • Riyad Mahrez: Algeria (6 Goals)                               
  • Gervinho: Ivory Coast (6 Goals)                                 
  • Mohamed Salah: Egypt (6 Goals)                             
  • Lakhdar Belloumi: Algeria (6 Goals)                        
  • Yaya Touré: Ivory Coast (6 Goals)           

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Hossam Hassan s the Oldest AFCON goalscorer in history when he scored for Egypt against DR Congo in a 4–1 victory on 3 February 2006 at the age of 39. Whereas Shiva N’Zigou is the Youngest AFCON scorer of all time when he scored for Gabon against South Africa in a 1–3 defeat on 23 January 2000 at the age of 16 years and 93 days old.

The following are the fastest goals ever scored at the AFCON and they all within the first minute of play:

  • Hassan El-Shazly for  Egypt against  Ivory Coast in 1974 (2–0 victory).
  • Chérif Fetoui for  Morocco against  Congo in 1976 (2–2 draw).
  • Phillip Omondi for  Uganda against  Congo in 1978 (3–1 victory).
  • Tueba Menayame for  Zaire against  Cameroon in 1992 (1–1 draw).
  • Ayman Mansour for  Egypt against  Gabon in 1994 (4–0 victory).
  • Tijani Babangida for  Nigeria against  South Africa in 2000 (2–0 victory).
  • Soufiane Alloudi for  Morocco against  Namibia in 2008 (5–1 victory).                                 

Laurent Pokou is the player that scored the most goals in a single match, scoring 5 goals for Ivory Coast in a 6–1 victory against Ethiopia in 1970. While Ndaye Mulamba is the player with the most goals in a single tournament, scoring 9 goals for Zaire in the 1974 edition.

Raafat Attia is the player that scored the first-ever goal at the Africa Cup of Nations when he got the opening goal for Egypt against hosts Sudan in a 2–1 victory in the first match of the inaugural tournament on 10 February 1957.

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