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Who is the highest goal scorer in the history of African Cup of Nations? Samuel Eto’o Fils is the all-time leading scorer in AFCON history, with 18 goals.
Eto’o is also Cameroon’s all-time leading scorer and third most capped player for his country, with 56 goals in 118 caps.
NaijNaira now takes a look at top 10 highest goal scorers at the Africa Cup of Nations ever!
Top 10 AFCON All Time Top Scorers
10. Kalusha Bwalya – Zambia (10 goals)
Bwalya assumes the number 10 spot in this list of Africa cup of nations’ top goalscorers with 10 goals in 23 appearances for the Zambian national team. He won the award for the top goalscorer in the 1996 AFCON tournament.
Kalusha is also the third-highest goalscorer for Zambia with 39 goals in 87 appearances for the Chipolopolo.
9. Francileudo Santos – Tunisia (10 goals)
Francileudo sits ninth in our list of Africa cup of nations’ top goalscorers with 10 goals in 12 appearances for Tunisia. He won the AFCON golden boot in the 2004 edition after scoring four goals in the tournament.
Santos played for the Tunisian national team for just four years and he is their third-highest goalscorer with 22 goals in 41 appearances for them.
8. André Ayew – Ghana (10 goals)
Ayew plays his international football for Ghana and he is eight in this list of Africa cup of nations’ top goalscorers with 10 goals in 34 appearances.
The former Swansea City forward won the AFCON golden boot in 2015 after scoring a total of three goals in the tournament.
André is the sixth-highest goalscorer for Ghana with 23 goals in 109 appearances for the Black Stars.
7. Patrick M’Boma – Cameroon (11 goals)
M’Boma sits seventh in this list of Africa cup of nations’ top goalscorers with 11 goals in 17 appearances for Cameroon.
He won the AFCON top scorer award in 2002 after scoring three goals in the tornament. Patrick is the third highest goalscorer for the Indomitable Lions with 33 goals in 57 appearances.
6. Hossam Hassan – Egypt (11 goals)
Hassan assumes the spot of sixth in this list of Africa cup of nations’ top goalscorers with 11 goals in 21 appearances for Egypt. He won the AFCON golden boot once in the 1998 edition after scoring seven goals in the tournament.
The former Al Ahly forward won the AFCON three times in 1986, 1998, and 2006 and he is the highest goalscorer for Egypt with 68 goals in 176 games for them.
5. Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast (11 goals)
Drogba sits fifth in this list of highest goalscorers of all time in AFCON with 11 goals in 24 appearances for Ivory Coast.
The former Chelsea forward has played in five AFCON tournaments and is the highest goalscorer in Ivory Coast with 65 goals in 105 appearances.
4. Hassan El-Shazly – Egypt (12 goals)
El-Shazly is the fourth highest goalscorer in the history of AFCON with 12 goals in 8 apearances for Egypt.
The former Tersana forward won the AFCON golden boot in 1963 after scoring six goals in the tournament and he is Egypt’s third highest goalscorer of all time with 42 goals in 62 caps for the Pharaohs.
3. Rashidi Yekini – Nigeria (13 goals)
Yekini sits third in this list of Africa cup of nations’ top goalscorers with 13 goals in 20 appearances for Nigeria.
He won the AFCON title in 1994 and also won the golden boot in that year after scoring five goals in the tournament.
The former Vitória Setúbal forward is the highest goalscorer for the Super Eagles with 37 goals in 62 appearancesfor them.
2. Laurent Pokou – Ivory Coast (14 goals)
Pokou assumes the second spot in the list of AFCON top goalscorers with 14 goals in 12 appearances for Ivory Coast.
Laurent never won the prestigious AFCON trophy but he did win the AFCON golden boot twice in 1968 and 1970.
He won the 1968 AFCON golden boot with six goals in the tournament and won the 1970 AFCON golden boot with eight goals.
The former Rennes forward is the seventh highest goalscorer in Ivory Coast with 21 goals in 30 appearances for them.
1. Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon (18 goals)
Eto’o is the highest goalscorer in the history of AFCON with 18 goals to his name in 29 caps for Cameroon. The former Barcelona striker broke Laurent Pokou’s record of 18 goals as early as 2008 after he netted the fourth goal in his side’s 5-1 win over Zambia.
The four-time UEFA Champions League winner has tasted victory in African Cup Of Nations twice in 2000 and in 2002 and he has also won the AFCON golden boot on two occasions in 2006 and in 2008.
In addition to that, he is also the highest goalscorer for Cameroon with 56 goals in 118 caps for the Indomitable Lions.
This article was updated 3 months ago