Africa Cup OF Nations Top Scorers of All Times

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Top 10 AFCON All-Time Top Scorers

The Africa Cup of Nations is one of the coveted tournaments in Africa and has produced many legends. This article will highlight the top goalscorers of all time of AFCON and the countries they represent.

# Player Name Country Goals
1Samuel Eto’oCameroon18
2Laurent PokouIvory Coast14
3Rashid YekiniNigeria13
4Hassan El ShazlyEgypt12
5Patrick MbomaCameroon11
6Hossam HassanEgypt11
7Didier DrogbaIvory Coast11
8Ndaye MulambaDR Congo10
9Joel TiéhiIvory Coast10
10Kalusha BwalyaZambia10

Samuel Eto’o – 18 Goals

Samuel Eto’o, a Cameroonian player, tops the list of AFCON top scorers with 18 goals. He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year four times!

Eto’o built his name playing for the Indomitable Lions during the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, where he scored four times, including the goal that saw his team win the gold medal against Nigeria.

He won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. In 2008, he broke Pokou’s 14 goals record, which has remained intact for many decades.

He retired from the international competition in August 2014, but his impact on the Cameroonian team remains unmatched.

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Laurent Pokou – 14 Goals

Laurent Pokou played for the Ivory Coast national team-the Elephants. He held the record of the highest goal scorer of the Africa Cup of Nations for over a decade before Samuel Eto’o broke it.

Notably, these 14 goals were scored in 8 fixtures, and 5 were in a single match with Ethiopia. He won the title of the top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1970.

He was the finest footballer Ivory Coast had seen before the era of Didier Drogba. Long after he had hung his boots, his long-running record that stood for almost 40 years will remain for generations to come. Pokou died in 2016.

Rashid Yekini – 13 Goals

Rashid Yekini is the all-time Nigeria’s leading scorer, and he ranks third among AFCON top scorers with 13 goals to his name. Having waited 14 years, Yekini led the Super Eagles to win the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 1994.

During this tournament, he scored a whopping 5 goals, which saw the Nigerian Team win the goals medal, and he was named the tournament’s most valuable player. With his 13 goals record, the departed icon is, to date, the top scorer in Nigeria.

Hassan El Shazly – 12 Goals

Hassan El-Shazly is Egypt’s leading all-time Africa Cup of Nations scorer. His peak success was when he netted 6 goals in the 1963 AFCON tournament in Ghana.

He was named the Player of the Competition. He remained the top goalscorer in four different seasons, but his team never won an AFCON trophy. 

Although, he passed on in 2015, but his legacy still holds even after legendary scorers who came after him, like Patrick Mboma and Didier Drogba.

Patrick Mboma – 11 Goals

Patrick Mboma is a prolific Cameroon football striker who played a crucial role in his team, Golden Generation winning the 2000 and the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations. Overall, he has 11 goals in his list of AFCON matches and was renowned for his incredible left foot scoring long-range goals.

Didier Drogba – 11 Goals

Didier Drogba was an outstanding striker who represented his Ivory Coast team, The Elephants, in five Africa Cup of Nations finals between 2006 and 2013.

Gaining aspiration from the legendary Laurent Pokou, who also played for The Elephants, Drogba, was determined to see his team win a title. Although he retired without ever lifting the continent’s most prestigious cup, he sure did score significant goals.

Ndaye Mulamba – 10 Goals

Ndaye Mulamba is a renowned scorer from the Democratic Republic of Congo who played a key role in Zaire’s winning the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations. His outstanding 9 goals contribution in 6 matches earned him the Player of the Tournament award. 

He retained the record of most scored goals in AFCON history from 1968 until 2008 when Eto’o shattered it.

Joel Tiéhi – 10 Goals

While Joel Tiéhi had actively played for Ivory Coast since 1992, it was not until 1994 and 1998 that his career found grounding. In these two tournaments, he scored 4 goals which played a huge role in propelling The Elephants to the third position.

Overall, Tiéhi has scored 10 goals in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, earning him a position among AFCON top scorers.

Kalusha Bwalya – 10 Goals

Kalusha Bwalya is Zambia’s all-time scorer who played in the National team-Chipolopolo. His immense contribution during the 1994 AFCON saw his club in the runners-up position after losing to Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

This was still considered a huge achievement for Zambia since they had, a year earlier, lost their team players in a gruesome plane crash.

But Bwalya was on other club endeavours and was not on this flight. In his AFCON history, he has scored a total of 10 goals.

AFCON Top Scorers FAQs

Here are a few commonly asked questions that are worth highlighting;

Samuel Eto’o is the leading top scorer of all time in Afcon with a whopping 18 goals under his name.

In the Kenya National Football team, William Ouma is the current top scorer with a total of 35 goals.

Egypt is the most successful African team in the AFCON, and so far, they have won 7 titles. Check AFCON results to find out more about the past winners.