One of the major highlights football fans love to capture is the African Cup of Nations’ top scorers. Bookies are offering Africa Cup of Nations betting markets. Also, find out who the top Ghanaian footballers are in this article.
AFCON 2021 Top Scorers
These are the top 5 AFCON top scorers:
- Vincent Aboubakar
- Karl Toko Ekambi
- Sadio Mane
- Gabadinho Mhango
- Ibrahima Kone
Vincent Aboubakar (8 goals, Cameroon)
With eight goals in AFCON 2021, Al Nassr’s 30-year-old striker scooped up the honour of receiving the Golden Boot title. This secured him not only the top slot in AFCON top scorers 2021 but also the second-best finish in AFCON history, behind only Zaire’s Ndaye Mulamba, who netted nine goals in 1974.
Karl Toko Ekambi (5 goals, Cameroon)
In AFCON 2021, Ekambi was the tournament’s second-highest goal scorer with 5 goals. He scored two goals in a 4–1 group win over Ethiopia and the first goal in a 2–1 win over Comoros in the final 16 of the competition. Then on the 29th of January, he stunned the Gambia with two goals in the quarterfinals.
Sadio Mane (3 goals, Senegal)
Senegal won their first AFCON title in 2021. With three goals and two assists from the Liverpool striker, Sadio Mane became the tournament’s top assister in the process. After seeing his penalty save in the first round of penalty kicks and then scoring in the last round, he was recognised for his efforts as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Gabadinho Mhango (3 goals, Malawi)
A seventh-minute goal by Mhango gave the Flames the lead in their 2-1 loss to Morocco in the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16. In their second Group B match against Zimbabwe, he scored a hat-trick to become one of the AFCON 2021 highest goal scorers.
Ibrahima Kone (3 goals, Mali)
Mali defeated Tunisia 1-0 in their AFCON opener thanks to a 48th-minute penalty strike from the FC Lorient attacker. He scored three goals in one Africa Cup of Nations, and he’s the first Mali player to do so since Seydou Keita did it in 2013.
After scoring three penalties in a single tournament, he also became the first player since Ghana’s Mubarak Wubaso in 2013 to score three penalties in the same tournament.
Ghana AFCON Top Scorers
Here’s a list of the Africa Cup of Nations top scorers in Ghana:
- André Ayew
- Asamoah Gyan
- Osei Kofi
- Wilberforce Mfum
- Karim Abdul Razak
André Ayew: 23 Goals
The winger, who plays for Al Sadd in Qatar, is also Ghana’s current captain. The Ghanaian Footballer of the Year and BBC Africa’s Player of the Year awards are among the many honours he has garnered.
In 2007, Ayew made his first appearance for the Black Stars in a friendly match against Senegal. He is the highest-scoring Ghanaian player, with 103 games, and 23 goals to his credit.
Asamoah Gyan: 51 Goals
The former Ghanaian national team captain is still the top scorer in the history of the Ghana Black Stars. As a member of the Black Stars team, he participated in three World Cups, as well as seven AFCONs.
He was third place in 2008 and runners-up in 2010 and 2015. With 109 appearances for Ghana, Gyan has scored 51 goals so far.
Osei Kofi: 19 Goals
Ghana won the 1965 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia thanks to “the wizard dribbler,” who was also the tournament’s third-highest scorer in 1968. For the Ghana national team, Kofi made 25 appearances and scored 19 goals.
Wilberforce Mfum: 20 Goals
In the 1963 Africa Cup of Nations final, Mfum scored two goals to help Ghana win the tournament. During Ghana’s second-place performance at the 1968 AFCON, he was the tournament’s second-leading scorer with eight goals. Mfum scored 20 goals in 26 appearances with the Black Stars.
Karim Abdul Razak: 25 Goals
Ghana won the 1978 African Cup of Nations, and Karim became known as “Golden Boy” for his outstanding performance. During the fall of that year, he was voted African Footballer of the Year. Razak scored 25 goals in 62 appearances for the Black Stars in an international competition.
AFCON Top Scorers Of All Times
These are the top scorers of all times:
- Samuel Eto’o
- Laurent Pokou
- Rashidi Yekini
- Hasan El-Shazly
- Didier Drogba
Samuel Eto’o (18 goals)
For much of the 2000s, Samuel Eto’o was regarded as one of the top strikers in the world. He was a prolific goalscorer for Cameroon for nearly three decades because of this. Eto’o was a member of the team that won back-to-back tournaments. He won the Golden Boot in 2006 by scoring five goals.
Even better, Eto’o replicated the record in 2008, scoring five more goals to help Cameroon reach the championship match. During the 2008 World Cup, Eto’o broke Laurent Pokou’s thirty-year-old scoring record, making him the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.
It is hard to catch Eto’o in the all-time scoring charts, with 18 strikes in six tournaments, and he is still one of the best players from Africa.
Laurent Pokou (14 goals)
As a player at the African Cup of Nations, Laurent Pokou was widely regarded as one of the greatest ever. Pokou, who played for Ivory Coast in the 1960s and 1970s, was one of the best finishers in the game, scoring time and time again.
In 1968 and 1970, he scored six and eight goals, respectively, to win the Golden Boot in both competitions. Pokou also scored the most goals in the competition for the rest of the twentieth century.
Rashidi Yekini (13 goals)
Rashidi Yekini led Nigeria’s frontline in the 1990s as they became one of the world’s best teams. The tournament in Tunisia in 1994 was the turning point in Yekini’s career, as he scored five goals to win the golden boot and earned a place on the Tournament All-Star team.
Hasan El-Shazly (12 goals)
In the early stages of the African Cup of Nations, Egypt was one of the continent’s most impressive teams. Hasan El-Shazly, a dependable striker, was in charge of the front line at the time.
He had six goals in the 1963 tournament. El Shazly scored another six goals in four more events, bringing his career total to 12 goals. El-Shazly has won his place as one of Egypt’s all-time AFCON top scorers.
Didier Drogba (11 goals)
Ivory Coast’s star player for most of the decade was Didier Drogba, one of the best strikers of his generation. During his stint at CAN, the two-time African Player of the Year gave it his all and was named to the Team of the Tournament three times. He ranks third in AFCON history with 11 goals.
Let’s answer some frequent questions about the AFCON top scorers.
Vincent Aboubakar from Cameroon tops the list of Africa Cup of Nations top scorers, leading with 8 goals.
Richmond’s Boakye scored one goal at the AFCON 2021 tournament.
Andre Ayew did not score any goal in the AFCON 2021 tournament.
Alexander Djiku scored his first-ever goal for the Black Stars as they were knocked out of AFCON in Cameroon.
AFCON qualifiers for the 2023 tournament will kick off in June 2022. Check this site for the updates on the latest prediction for the top scorer at AFCON 2023.