Who are the past AFCON Golden Boot Winners? Of course I’ll talk about the present holder too. In fact, let me just go into that right now.
Former Super Eagles striker, Jude Odion Ighalo, is the current Golden Boot Awardee.
The moment Ighalo was handed that honour after scoring five goals at the Egypt 2019 AFCON, he became the 6th Nigeria and 56th African Player to win the prestigious Africa Cup Of Nations Golden Boot Award.
Ighalo has now joined the likes of Segun Odegbami with 3 goals (AFCON 1980); Rashidi Yekini in 1994 with 5 goals; Julius Aghahowa in 2002 AFCON with 3 goals; Austin Okocha in the 2004 edition with four goals; while in 2013 edition, Emmanuel Emenike went home with the award after his four goals helped the late coach Stephen Keshi to clinch the trophy for the third time for Nigeria.
I’m already mentioning the past AFCON Golden Boot winners, right?
Let me just take you straight into the list of AFCON Golden Boot winners.
List of African Cup of Nation Golden Boot winners
1957– Ad El Diba (Egypt) 5 goals.
1959– Mahmoud Al Gohari (Egypt) 3 goals.
1962– Mohamed Al Badawi (Egypt) and Worku Mengistu (Ethiopia) 3 goals.
1963– Ahmed Al Chazli (Egypt) 6 goals.
1965– Abbrey Osei Kofi (Ghana) and Eustace Mangli (Ivory Coast) 3 goals.
1968– Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast) 6 goals.
1970– Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast) 8 goals.
1972– Salif Keita (Mali), 5 goals.
1974– Mulamba Ndaye (Zaire) 9 goals.
1976– William Njo Lea (Guinea) 4 goals.
1978– Phillip Omondi (Uganda) 4 goals.
1980– Segun Odegbami (Nigeria) 3 goals.
1982– George Al Hassan (Ghana) 4 goals.
1984– Taher Abou Zeid (Egypt) 4 goals.
1986– Roger Milla (Cameroon), Abdoulaye Traore (Ivory Coast) 4 goals.
1988– Lakhdar Belloumi (Algeria), Roger Milla (Cameroon), Gamal Abdelhamid (Egypt) and Abdoulaye Traore (Ivory Coast) 4 goals.
1990– Djamel Menad (Algeria) 4 goals.
1992– Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) 4 goals.
1994– Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) 5 goals.
1996– Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia) 5 goals.
1998– Hossam Hassan (Egypt) and Benni McCarthy (South Africa) 7 goals.
2000– Shaun Bartlett (South Africa) 5 goals.
2002– Patrick Mboma, Salomon Olembe (both Cameroon) and Julius Aghahowa (Nigeria) 3 goals.
2004– Patrick Mboma (Cameroon), Frederic Kanoute (Mali), Austin Okocha (Nigeria), Youssef Mokhtari (Morocco) and Francileudo dos Santos (Tunisia) 4 goals.
2006– Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Ahmed Hassan (Egypt) and Francileudo dos Santos (Tunisia) 4 goals.
2008– Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) 5 goals.
2010– Mohamed Nagui (Egypt) 5 goals.
2012– Manucho (Angola), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Cheick Tidiane Diabate (Mali), Houcine Kharja (Morocco) Chris Katongo, Emmanuel Mayuka (both Zambia) 3 goals.
2013: Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria), Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana), 4 goals.
2015: Ahmed Akaichi (Tunisia), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Dieumerci Mbokani (DR Congo), Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea), Thievy Biffouma (Congo) – 3 goals.
2017: Junior Kabananga (DR Congo) – 3 goals
2019: Odion Ighalo (Nigeria) – 5 goals
That’s it: all the AFCON Golden Boot winners since its inception till date.