AFCON 2022 top goal scorers: Updated golden boot rankings at Africa Cup of Nations

AFCON 2022 top goal scorers: Updated golden boot rankings at Africa Cup of Nations



The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations has moved into the knockout stages, and one name still stands out above the rest on the goalscoring table.

Captain Vincent Aboubakar of host nation Cameroon is on a tear to start the tournament, scoring six goals in total, including at least one in each of his country’s matches to put himself atop the list of players. 

Aboubakar’s Cameroon teammate, Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon, is behind him on three goals, tied with Mali’s Ibrahima Kone, who converted three penalty kicks. They are followed by a group of eight chasing players on two goals, with seven of them still in action.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has just one goal in three matches, and he and club teammate Mohamed Salah (also one goal) are still well behind if they hope to challenge for the top spot. Man City attacker Riyad Mahrez didn’t score a single goal (he actually missed a penalty) as Algeria was eliminated in the group stage.

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AFCON 2022 Top Scorers

Below is the AFCON 2022 top scorer rankings featuring the 56 goal scorers in the tournament who have contributed 73 of the 75 total goals seen thus far (two of the 75 were own goals by Morocco’s Nayef Aguerd and Burkina Faso’s Adama Guira). There have also been a total of nine penalty kicks scored.

As in the case with other international tournaments, players with the same number of total goals scored are ranked below by total assists and then by fewest minutes played. When assists and minutes played are even, the names are arranged in alphabetical order.

MORE: AFCON 2022 group standings

Rank Player Country Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
1. Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon 6 (2) 0 4 257
2. Ibrahima Kone Mali 3 (3) 0 3 238
  Karl Toko Ekambi Cameroon 3 (0) 0 4 254
4. Musa Barrow Gambia 2 (1) 2 4 360
  Wahbi Khazri Tunisia 2 (0) 1 3 174
  Nicolas Pepe Ivory Coast 2 (0) 1 3 194
  Ahmed Mogni Comoros 2 (0) 0 3 104
  Gabadinho Mhango Malawi 2 (0) 0 2 180
  Sofiane Boufal Morocco 2 (0) 0 3 199
  Jim Allevinah Gabon 2 (0) 0 4 242
  Ablie Jallow Gambia 2 (0) 0 4 256
12. Selim Amallah Morocco 1 (0) 1 3 239
  Sebastien Haller Ivory Coast 1 (0) 1 3 244
  Bertrand Traore Burkina Faso 1 (0) 1 3 257
  El Fardou Ben Comoros 1 (0) 1 3 270
  Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 1 (0) 1 4 289
  Moses Simon Nigeria 1 (0) 1 4 333
  Richmond Boakye Ghana 1 (0) 0 2 31
  Kudakwashe Mahachi Zimbabwe 1 (0) 0 2 94
  Umar Sadiq Nigeria 1 (0) 0 4 98
  Zakaria Aboukhlal Morocco 1 (0) 0 2 115
  Alhaji Kamara Sierra Leone 1 (0) 0 3 128
  Youssef Msakni Tunisia 1 (0) 0 3 129
  Dawa Hotessa Ethiopia 1 (0) 0 2 134
  Getaneh Kebede Ethiopia 1 (1) 0 3 158
  Max Gradel Ivory Coast 1 (0) 0 2 161
  Ishmael Wadi Zimbabwe 1 (0) 0 2 174
  Julio Tavares Cape Verde 1 (0) 0 2 176
  Musa Kamara Sierra Leone 1 (0) 0 2 180
  Sofiane Bendebka Algeria 1 (0) 0 3 188
  Samuel Chukwueze Nigeria 1 (0) 0 3 192
  Garry Rodrigues Cape Verde 1 (0) 0 3 204
  Andre Ayew Ghana 1 (0) 0 3 205
  Cyrille Bayala Burkina Faso 1 (0) 0 3 212
  Knowledge Musona Zimbabwe 1 (0) 0 3 212
  Mohamed Abdelmonem Egypt 1 (0) 0 3 213
  Taiwo Awoniyi Nigeria 1 (0) 0 3 214
  Ibrahim Sangare Ivory Coast 1 (0) 1 3 232
  Hamza Mathlouthi Tunisia 1 (0) 0 3 237
  Hassane Bande Burkina Faso 1 (0) 0 4 243
  Franck Kessie Ivory Coast 1 (0) 0 3 243
  Seifeddine Jaziri Tunisia 1 (0) 0 4 256
  Issiaga Sylla Guinea 1 (0) 0 3 268
  Alexander Djiku Ghana 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Pablo Ganet Equatorial Guinea 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Massadio Haidara Mali 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Achraf Hakimi Morocco 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Naby Keita Guinea 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Walieldin Khidir Sudan 1 (1) 0 3 270
  Sadio Mane Senegal 1 (1) 0 3 270
  Esteban Orozco Eq. Guinea 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Mohamed Salah Egypt 1 (0) 0 3 270
  Gustavo Sangare Burkina Faso 1 (0) 0 4 304
  Youssouf M’Changama Comoros 1 (0) 0 4 360
  William Troost-Ekong Nigeria 1 (0) 0 4 360
  Aaron Boupendza Gabon 1 (0) 0 4 379

Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorers since 2000

This year’s current top scorer, Vincent Aboubakar, would already be the top scorer in each of the last 11 AFCON tournaments with his six goals in four matches. He’ll be back in action to add to his total in the quarterfinals if Cameroon can get past Comoros.

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Year Player Country Goals
2019 Odion Ighalo Nigeria 5
2017 Junior Kabanagna DR Congo 3
2015 Ahmed Akaichi Tunisia 3
  Andre Ayew Ghana 3
  Javier Balboa Equatorial Guinea 3
  Thievy Bifouma Congo 3
  Dieumerci Mbokani DR Congo 3
2013 Emmanuel Emineke Nigeria 4
  Mubarek Wakaso Ghana 4
2012 Manucho Angola 3
  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon 3
  Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 3
  Cheick Diabate Mali 3
  Houssine Kharja Morocco 3
  Christopher Katongo Zambia 3
  Emmanuel Mayuka Zambia 3
2010 Gedo Egypt 5
2008 Samuel Eto’o Cameroon 5
2006 Samuel Eto’o Cameroon 5
2004 Frederic Kanoute Mali 4
  Patrick Mboma Cameroon 4
  Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria 4
  Francileudo Santos Tunisia 4
2002 Julius Aghahowa Nigeria 3
  Patrick Mboma Cameroon 3
  Salomon Olembé Cameroon 3
2000 Shaun Bartlett South Africa 5





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