Can you guess the team with the most goals in AFCON history?

Can you guess the team with the most goals in AFCON history?
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In the illustrious history of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where footballing giants from across the continent collide in pursuit of glory, one question looms large: Who holds the title for the team with the most goals scored in this prestigious tournament?

As we delve into the annals of AFCON history, prepare to embark on a thrilling journey through time and goals, exploring the storied path of a team that has left an indelible mark with their scoring prowess.

Join us in uncovering the remarkable tale of the highest-scoring team in AFCON history, a testament to the enduring passion and talent that define African football.

Goal kings of AFCON: Unveiling the team with the most goals in history

10. Senegal – 78 goals

The Lions of Teranga during the International Friendly match between Brazil vs Senegal
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Senegal, the current champions of the AFCON, boasts a total of 78 goals in the tournament's history. With 16 AFCON participations under their belt, TheLions of Teranga has contested 67 matches and emerged victorious in 27 of them.

9. Zambia – 81 goals

Zambia have contributed a total of 81 goals to AFCON history. With 17 AFCON participations, the Zambian national team has engaged in 67 matches and emerged victorious in 26 of them.

8. Morocco – 82 goals 

Moroccan national football team in the 2022 World Cup
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Morocco, a prominent force in African football, have contributed 82 goals to the storied history of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Over the course of 18 AFCON participations, the Atlas Lions has contested 70 matches, emerging victorious in 27 of them.

7. DR Congo – 88 goals

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have made a significant mark in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations with a total of 88 goals.

Over 19 AFCON participations, the DR Congolese national team has competed in 73 matches and secured victory in 20 of them.

6. Algeria – 94 goals

Algeria have contributed 94 goals to the storied history of the Africa Cup of Nations. Over the course of 19 AFCON participations, the Algerian national team has contested 77 matches, emerging victorious in 28 of them.

5. Tunisia – 99 goals

Tunisia, a stalwart of African football, have contributed significantly to the Africa Cup of Nations with a total of 99 goals.

Over the course of 20 AFCON participations, the Carthage Eagles engaged in 80 matches.

4.Ghana – 133 goals 

Ghana changeroom general view during the 2022 CAF African Nations Championship
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Ghana, a footballing powerhouse in Africa, have etched their name in the annals of the Africa Cup of Nations history with an impressive tally of 133 goals.

The Ghanaian national team's AFCON journey spans 23 participations, during which they engaged in 102 matches.

With 54 victories, 21 draws, and 27 losses, the  Black Stars' AFCON record reflects their consistency and competitiveness on the continental stage.

3. Cameroon – 137 goals 

Cameroon joins Nigeria in the prestigious third spot, both teams having scored an impressive 137 goals in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Over the course of 20 AFCON participations, the five times African Champions showcased their footballing prowess by participating in 91 matches.

Their track record boasts 45 victories, 30 draws, and 16 losses, a testament to their consistent success and competitive spirit on the continental stage.

= Nigeria – 137 goals 

NIgeria players celebrate victory and qualification after during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers
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Nigeria proudly occupy the third spot in the Africa Cup of Nations goal-scoring rankings, with an impressive total of 137 goals.

In their 19 AFCON appearances, the Super Eagles have graced the tournament with their presence, playing a total of 97 matches.

Their track record includes 53 victories, 22 draws, and 22 losses, highlighting both their consistency and competitive spirit on the continental stage.

2. Ivory Coast – 143 goals

Ivory Coast emerged as a formidable force in the Africa Cup of Nations with the second-highest number of goals in the tournament's history, amassing an impressive total of 143 goals.

Over 24 AFCON appearances, the Ivorian national team participated in 99 matches, securing victory 44 times and drawing in 30 instances.

While they did face setbacks, with 25 losses, their consistent offensive prowess has solidified their reputation as a dominant force on the continental stage, contributing to the rich tapestry of African football history.

1. Egypt – 168 goals

Egypt celebrates goal during the 2022 International Friendly match between Egypt and Niger
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Egypt stand tall as the undisputed powerhouse when it comes to scoring in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations.

With a remarkable tally of 168 goals to their name, the 7 times African champions have consistently showcased their attacking prowess over 25 tournament appearances.

Out of 107 games played, they secured victory 60 times and played to a draw on 20 occasions, while experiencing 27 defeats.

Interestingly, amidst their offensive prowess, Egypt also demonstrated resilience by conceding 90 goals throughout their storied AFCON journey, a testament to the rich and dynamic history of African football on this grand stage.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.