AFCON 2022 top scorers: updated African Cup of Nations Golden Boot rankings

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations has entered the third and final round of group stage matches, and one name stands out above the rest on the goal chart.

Captain Vincent Aboubakar of hosts Cameroon are in tears to start the tournament, scoring five goals in total, including at least one in each of his country’s three group matches to top the list of players in a tournament usually at low score.

His Cameroonian teammate, Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon, is just behind him on two goals and he is joined by three other players: Malawi Gabadinho Mhango, who plies his trade with Orlando Pirates in South Africa, and scored a brace against Zimbabwe; from Sarpsborg Ibrahima Kone, who has two penalties under his belt; and striker of Saint-Etienne and Tunisia Wahbi Khazri.

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored only one goal in two matches, and he and his club mate Mohammad Salah (one goal) are still far behind if they hope to fight for the top spot. Man City striker Riyadh Mahrez was locked out in his first two matches for Algeria, while Sebastien Haller finally entered the table in Ivory Coast’s second group match.

AFCON 2022 top scorers

Below is the AFCON 2022 top scorer rankings with the tournament’s 37 goalscorers who have contributed to the 45 total goals recorded so far. There were also a total of eight shots on goal scored and no own goals.

As with other international tournaments, players with the same total number of goals scored are ranked by total number of assists and then by least minutes played. When assists and minutes played are even, they are listed in alphabetical order.

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Rank Player Country Objectives (PK) Aids matches Minutes
1. Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon 5 (2) 0 3 257
2. Gabadinho Mhango Malawi 2 (0) 0 1 90
Ibrahima Kone mali 2 (2) 0 2 163
Wahbi Khazri Tunisia 2 (0) 0 2 170
Karl Toko Ekambi Cameroon 2 (0) 0 3 209
6. Samuel Chukwueze Nigeria ten) 1 2 118
Moussa Barrow Gambia 1 (1) 1 2 180
Moses Simon Nigeria ten) 1 2 180
Max Gradel Ivory Coast ten) 0 1 71
Seifeddine Jaziri Tunisia ten) 0 2 80
Moussa Kamara Sierra Leone ten) 0 1 90
Alhaji Kamara Sierra Leone ten) 0 2 91
Jim Allevinah Gabon ten) 0 2 103
Nicolas Pepe Ivory Coast ten) 0 2 109
Zakaria Aboukhlal Morocco ten) 0 2 115
Dawa Hotessa Ethiopia ten) 0 2 134
Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria ten) 0 2 145
Ablie Jallow Gambia ten) 0 2 147
Taiwo Awoniyi Nigeria ten) 0 2 154
Sebastien Haller Ivory Coast ten) 0 2 154
Getaneh Kebede Ethiopia 1 (1) 0 3 158
Sofiane Boufal Morocco ten) 0 2 166
Aaron Boupendza Gabon ten) 0 2 168
Hassane Band Burkina Faso ten) 0 3 170
Oued Ismael Zimbabwe ten) 0 2 174
Julio Tavares Green cap ten) 0 2 176
Selim Amallah Morocco ten) 0 2 180
Andre Ayew Ghana ten) 0 2 180
Walieldin Khidir Sudan 1 (1) 0 2 180
Sadio Mane Senegal 1 (1) 0 2 180
Hamza Mathlouthi Tunisia ten) 0 2 180
Esteban Orozco Eq. Guinea ten) 0 2 180
Mohammad Salah Egypt ten) 0 2 180
Issiaga Sulla Guinea ten) 0 2 180
Gary Rodrigues Green cap ten) 0 3 204
Cyrille Bayala Burkina Faso ten) 0 3 212
Gustavo Sangare Burkina Faso ten) 0 3 222

Top scorers in the Africa Cup of Nations since 2000

This year’s current top scorer would already be the top scorer in six of the last 11 AFCON tournaments, with Aboubakar scoring four goals in just two matches.

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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
Bifouma thief 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
Solomon Olembe Cameroon 3
2000 Shaun Bartlett South Africa 5

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