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2023 AFCON Top Scorers



Take a peek at the AFCON Top Scorers to pique your interest as the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations draws near. This year’s event was scheduled to take place in June or July, but that coincides with the height of Ivory Coast’s rainy season. Following the competition in Cameroon last year, it will now take place in January and February for the second time in a row.

Let’s begin with the AFCON’s top goal scorer as of late. Vincent Aboubakar, the captain of Cameroon, scored eight goals during the 2021 competition to win the Golden Boot. The 31-year-old from Garoua scored twice in each of the two victories against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in the group stage before netting his fifth goal of the competition in the match that ended in a stalemate with Cape Verde.

Aboubakar did not add to his tally after finding the back of the goal in the Round of 16, as Egypt eliminated his country on penalties in the semifinals. In the third-place game, the Indomitable Lions captain added two more goals to cap off his final game in style. His ultimate total was one short of the all-time single tournament record and the most goals scored by an AFCON competitor since 1974.

The man with that distinction is Pierre Ndaye Mulamba, who scored nine goals for Zaire at the 1974 tournament. He did as his coaches told him and took full advantage of the fact that no one knew who he was. Not only was he the leading scorer in the AFCON that year, but he was also awarded the competition’s best player, helping then-Zaire become African champions for just the second time in their history.

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko gave the AFCON best scorer and his colleagues an additional reward of a house apiece and a Volkswagen Passat.Below are a few more noteworthy AFCON top scorers. The only player in the competition to score several hat-tricks is Hassan El-Shazly.

In 1963, Egypt defeated Nigeria 6-3, with the guy who was dubbed a “devastating shooter” and “lethal with both feet” scoring three of the goals for Egypt. then defeating Ivory Coast 3-1 in 1970 to score all three goals and help his country secure third place. The highest scorer for the AFCON in 1968 and 1970 was Laurent Pokou. In one game, though, no player has ever surpassed his record of five goals.

He accomplished this as Ivory Coast defeated Ethiopia 6-1.Five other players have also finished as the AFCON top scorer many times, in addition to Pokou. Nigeria’s Segun Odegbami in 1978 and 1980. Roger Milla of Cameroon in 1986 and 1988. In 1992 and 1994, Nigerian Rashidi Yekini took home the Golden Boot.

During a six-year span at the beginning of the millennium, Cameroon dominated the top scorer table. Patrick M’Boma won the Golden Boot twice, in 2002 and 2004, and Samuel Eto’o did the same in 2006 and 2008.

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