2023 AFCON top goal scorer

2023 AFCON top goal scorer
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Finishing as AFCON top goal scorer in any edition of Africa's biggest football tournament is a dream many African football stars wish to achieve before retirement.

It was a dream come true for Emilio Nsue of Equatorial Guinea who finished as the AFCON top goal scorer in the 34th edition which took place in Ivory Coast despite exiting the competition in the Round of 16.

Many incredible players participated in the tournament but surprisingly, it was Nsue who netted 5 of the 119 goals scored in AFCON 2023.

Here is a complete table containing the names of players who found the back of the net.

2023 AFCON top goal scorers

2023 AFCON scorers table

Player Country Goals
Emilio Nsue Equatorial Guinea 5
Gelson Dala Angola 4
Mostafa Mohamed Egypt 4
Ademola Lookman Nigeria 3
Mohamed Bayo Guinea 3
Lassine Sinayoko Mali 3
Bertrand Traore Burkina Faso 3
Agostinho Mabululu Angola 3
Baghdad Bounedjah Egypt 3
William Troost-Ekong Nigeria 3
Teboho Mokoena South Africa 2
Yoane Wissa DR Congo 2
Habib Diallo Senegal 2
Lamine Camara Senegal 2
Mohammed Kudus Ghana 2
Ryan Mendes Cape Verde 2
Jordan Ayew Ghana 2
Themba Zwane South Africa 2
Sebastien Haller Ivory Coast 2
Franck Kessie Ivory Coast 2
Oumar Diakité Ivory Coast 1
Arthur Masuaku DR Congo 1
Chancel Mbemba DR Congo 1
Evidence Makgopa South Africa 1
Teboho Mokoena South Africa 1
Nene Dorgeles Mali 1
Hakim Ziyech Morocco 1
Yali Dellahi Mauritania 1
Victor Osimhen Nigeria 1
Karl Toko Ekambi Cameroon 1
Ablie Jallow Gambia 1
Christopher Wooh Cameroon 1
Ebrima Colley Gambia 1
Iliman Ndiaye Senegal 1
Abdoulaye Seck Senegal 1
Percy Tau South Africa 1
Geny Catamo Mozambique 1
Trezeguet Egypt 1
Reinildo Mandava Mozambique 1
Benchimol Cape Verde 1
Pablo Ganet Equatorial Guinea 1
Bryan Teixeira Cape Verde 1
Jannick Buyla Equatorial Guinea 1
Iban Salvador Equatorial Guinea 1
Patson Daka Zambia 1
Simon Msuva Tanzania 1
Thapelo Maseko South Africa 1
Achraf Hakimi Morocco 1
Silas DR Congo 1
Seko Fofana Ivory Coast 1
Jean-Philippe Krasso Ivory Coast 1
Mohamed Salah Egypt 1
Clesio Bauque Mozambique 1
Omar Marmoush Egypt 1
Witiness Quembo Mozambique 1
Alexander Djiku Ghana 1
Jamiro Monteiro Cape Verde 1
Garry Rodrigues Cape Verde 1
Pape Gueye Senegal 1
Meschack Elia DR Congo 1
Frank Magri Cameroon 1
Mohamed Konate Burkina Faso 1
Zini Angola 1
Deon Hotto Namibia 1
Hamari Traore Mali 1
Gilberto Angola 1
Roman Saïss Morocco 1
Azzedine Ounahi Morocco 1
Youssef En-Nesyri Morocco 1
Kings Kangwa Zambia 1
Josete Miranda Equatorial Guinea 1
Ze Turbo Guinea-Bissau 1
Bebe Cape Verde 1
Kevin Lenini Cape Verde 1
Sadio Mane Senegal 1
Ismaila Sarr Senegal 1
Simon Adingra Ivory Coast 1
Jean-Charles Castelletto Cameroon 1
Aguibou Camara Guinea 1
Aboubakary Koita Mauritania 1
Sidi Bouna Amar Mauritania 1
Hamza Rafia Tunisia 1

Note: It's important to point out that if two or more players finish level on goals at the top of the standings, the Golden Boot goes to the player with the most assists.

Africa Cup of Nations all-time top goal scorers

Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto'o is the all-time top scorer in Africa Cup of Nations history with 18 goals.

The former Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea forward scored in all six of his AFCON tournament appearances, including 5 goals in both the 2006 and 2008 editions of the tournament.

Legendary strikers Laurent Pokou of Ivory Coast and Rashidi Yekini of Nigeria netted 14 and 13 goals respectively in the tournament to rank second and third in the all-time list.

Below is the table of the all-time AFCON goal scorers, their nationality, and number of goals scored.

AFCON all-time Scorers table

Player Country Goals
Samuel Eto'o Cameroon 18
Laurent Pokou Ivory Coast 14
Rashidi Yekini Nigeria 13
Hassan El-Shazly Egypt 12
Patrick Mboma Cameroon 11
Hossam Hassan Egypt 11
Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 11
Ndaye Mulamba DR Congo 10
Francileudo Santos Tunisia 10
Joel Tiehi Ivory Coast 10

 

Africa Cup of Nations past Golden Boot winners

Past AFCON Golden Boot Winners

Year Winner Goals Nationality
1957 Ad El Diba 5 Egypt
1959 Mahmoud Al Gohari 3 Egypt
1962 Mohamed Al Badawi and Worku Mengistu 3 Egypt and Ethiopia
1963 Ahmed Al Chazli 6 Egypt
1965 Abbrey Osei Kofi & Eustace Mangli 3 Ghana & Ivory Coast
1968 Laurent Pokou 6 Ivory Coast
1970 Laurent Pokou 8 Ivory Coast
1972 Salif Keita 5 Mali
1974 Mulamba Ndaye 9 Zambia
1976 William Njo Lea 4 Guinea
1978 Phillip Omondi 4 Uganda
1980 Segun Odegbami 3 Nigeria
1982 George Al Hassan 4 Ghana
1984 Taher Abou Zeid 4 Egypt
1986 Roger Milla & Abdoulaye Traore 4 Cameroon & Ivory Coast
1988 Lakhdar Belloumi, Roger Milla, Gamal Abdelhamid & Abdoulaye Traore 4 Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt & Ivory Coast
1990 Djamel Menad 4 Algeria
1992 Rashidi Yekini 4 Nigeria
1994 Rashidi Yekini 5 Nigeria
1996 Kalusha Bwalya 5 Zambia
1998 Hossam Hassan & Benni McCarthy 7 Egypt & South Africa
2000 Shaun Bartlett 5 South Africa
2002 Patrick Mboma, Salomon Olembe & Julius Aghahowa 3 Cameroon & Nigeria
2004 Patrick Mboma, Frederic Kanoute, Austin Okocha, Youssef Mokhtari & Francileudo dos Santos 4 Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Morocco & Tunisia
2006 Samuel Eto’o, Ahmed Hassan & Francileudo dos Santos 4 Cameroon, Egypt & Tunisia
2008 Samuel Eto’o 5 Cameroon
2010 Mohamed Nagui 5 Egypt
2012 Manucho, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Didier Drogba, Cheick Tidiane Diabate, Houcine Kharja, Chris Katongo & Emmanuel Mayuka 3 Angola, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco & Zambia
2013 Emmanuel Emenike & Mubarak Wakaso 4 Nigeria & Ghana
2015 Ahmed Akaichi, Andre Ayew, Dieumerci Mbokani, Javier Balboa, Thievy Biffouma 3 Tunisia, Ghana, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea & Congo
2017 Junior Kabananga 3 DR Congo
2019 Odion Ighalo 5 Nigeria
2021 Vincent Aboubakar 8 Cameroon
2023 Emilio Nsue 5 Equatorial Guinea

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 week ago

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