Black Stars’ highest goal scorers at AFCON: Abedi Pele, Ayew, Gyan and more

Black Stars’ highest goal scorers at AFCON: Abedi Pele, Ayew, Gyan and more
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The Black Stars of Ghana are a notable force in African and global football. They have achieved plenty of accolades in Africa and abroad.

The Black Stars have won the Africa Cup of Nations four times. Only Egypt and Cameroon have won it more times than them.

They also reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and were whiskers away from becoming the first African country to reach the semi-final.

They participated in AFCON for the first time in 1963 and won it. The West African nation has made more conquests in the competition.

The Black Stars have a rich AFCON history that has produced fantastic players like Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, George Alhassan and Samuel Opoku Nti.

They have scored many goals for their country and at AFCON, but which Black Stars player has scored the most AFCON goals?

Black Stars AFCON topscorers top 10

10 – Jordan Ayew (4)

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Jordan Ayew is the son of the great Abedi Pele. He followed in the footsteps of his father and brother and brought more recognition to the Black Stars.

Ayew made his first senior appearance for Ghana on 5 September 2010, in a 3–0 2012 AFCON Qualification match win against Swaziland, at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, Swaziland.

The younger Ayew made his first AFCON appearance in 2012, and his tenure for Ghana saw him score four AFCON goals.

In 2015, he scored his first AFCON goal in a 3-0 win over Equatorial Guinea.

9 – Edward Acquah (4)

Former Eleven Wise striker Edward Acquah played for the Black Stars in their first AFCON tournament in 1963.

In 1956, he made his international debut in a 4-3 win over Sierra Leone. In that game, he scored a hat trick.

Acquah played over 40 games for the Black Stars and retired in 1964. He played only one AFCON tournament for Ghana and scored four goals.

8 – Anthony Yeboah (4)

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Yeboah is famous for his exploits at Leeds United and Eintracht Frankfurt, but the Ghanaian forward was also prolific for Ghana.

Yeboah has a national team career that spans over ten years and is the fourth highest-scorer for the Black Stars.

He scored his first international goal for Ghana in a 1-0 win over the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 1992 AFCON.

Yeboah has four AFCON goals.

7 – Mubarak Wakaso (5)

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Wakaso burst onto the scene with Ghana when he featured in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He played two games as Ghana exited in the group stage.

However, he would wait seven years to make his full international debut for the Black Stars.

It came in 2012 as Ghana took on Malawi in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. He scored his first goal for Ghana in a 1-0 friendly win over Cape Verde in October 2012.

Wakaso scored his first AFCON goal in 2013 as Ghana beat Mali 1-0.

6 – Osei Kofi (6)

Osei Kofi was involved when Ghana won their second AFCON title in 1965.

The Asante Kotoko striker was joint top scorer with Ben Acheampong (3) as Ghana successfully defended their title.

The dribbling wizard scored another three goals in the 1968 AFCON, as Ghana finished as runners-up.

5 – Wilberforce Mfum

Mfum is a legend of Ghanaian football. The former Asante Kotoko striker played in the 1963 and 1968 AFCON.

He was also part of the Ghana Olympic football team at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

In 1963, Mfum scored two goals in the final of the 1963 African Cup of Nations as Ghana won the title and was the second leading scorer at the 1968 African Cup of Nations as Ghana finished runner-up.

4 – George Alhassan (6)

The great Olympics striker, who won the Ghana Premier League top scorer award twice, was instrumental to the Black Stars winning AFCON twice on the bounce.

They called him Jair after the great Brazilian Jairzinho.

He helped Ghana win the 1978 AFCON on home soil and in 1982. Alhassan was the top scorer in 1982 with four goals.

3 – Abedi Pele (6)

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Abedi Ayew Pele is the father of Jordan and André (two Ghanaian football greats).

He is a notable Ghanaian superstar named Pele, after the great Brazilian.

He helped the Black Stars to several conquests, especially over their traditional rivals – Nigeria.

Abedi Pele played 73 times for Ghana and was part of the side that won the 1982 AFCON. As far as AFCON is concerned, he was a legend who dominated the scene for over a decade.

He won the France Football African Player of the Year Award for three consecutive years and was the inaugural winner of the BBC African Sports Star of the Year in 1992.

He scored three goals in the 1996 AFCON, as Ghana reached the semi-final.

2 – Asamoah Gyan (8)

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Many will remember him for the last-minute penalty he missed in the quarter-final tie against Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer. The former Rennes and Sunderland striker made his international debut at 17, three days before his 18th birthday.

He scored on his senior International debut for Ghana against Somalia on 19 November 2003 in the 90th minute.

Gyan scored eight AFCON goals for the Black Stars to place second on this list.

1 – André Ayew (10)

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André Morgan Rami Ayew is the son of the legendary Abedi Pele. Due to having dual French and Ghanaian citizenship, Ayew was eligible for France and Ghana.

At the youth level, Ayew represented Ghana at the under-20 level and captained the team to victory at both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In August 2007, Ayew was called up for the first time by Ghana coach Claude Le Roy for the team's friendly match against Senegal.

He made his international debut in the match, appearing as a late-match substitute. In January 2008, Ayew was in the Ghana squad in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

On 19 January 2010, in the team's final group stage match against Burkina Faso, he scored his first international goal in the 30th minute with a header.

Ayew was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghanaian Footballer of the Year in 2011.

Black Stars AFCON top scorers

# Name Age App Int Goals AFCON Goals
1 André Ayew 33 114 24 10
2 Asamoah Gyan 37 109 51 8
3 Abedi Pele 58 73 19 6
4 George Alhassan 67 17 7 6
5 Wilberforce Mfum 87 26 20 6
6 Osei Kofi 83 34 17 6
7 Mubarak Wakaso 33 70 13 5
8 Tony Yeboah 57 59 29 4
9 Edward Acquah 76 41 45 4
10 Jordan Ayew 32 90 19 4
11 Charles Akonnor 49 51 13 3
12 Kwame Ayew 49 25 9 3
13 Junior Agogo 40 27 12 3
14 Sulley Muntari 39 84 20 3
15 Samuel Opoku Nti 62 45 12 3
16 Kwasi Owusu 74 130 36 3
17 Christian Atsu 31 65 9 3

 

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).