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

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations has progressed into the second round of group stage matches, and one name 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 four goals in his country’s opening two matches to put himself atop the list of players in a typically low-scoring tournament.

His teammate, Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon, is right there behind him, as Cameroon’s two matches have featured nearly one-third of the goals scored in the entire competition. Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango, who plies his trade with Orlando Pirates in South Africa, is also on two goals after a brace against Zimbabwe.

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane has just one goal in two matches, and he and club teammate Mohamed Salah are still well behind if they wish to challenge for the top spot. Man City attacker Riyad Mahrez was also locked down in his opening match for Algeria, while Sebastien Haller was upstaged by his Ivory Coast teammate Max Gradel in the Elephants’ opening match.

AFCON 2022 Top Scorers

Below is the AFCON 2022 top scorer rankings featuring the 20 goal scorers in the tournament who have contributed all 25 total goals seen thus far.

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

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RankPlayerCountryGoals (PKs)AssistsMatchesMins
1.Vincent AboubakarCameroon4 (2)02167
2.Gabadinho MhangoMalawi2 (0)0190
 Karl Toko EkambiCameroon2 (0)02139
4.Ablie JallowGambia1 (0)0164
 Max GradelIvory Coast1 (0)0171
 Dawa HotessaEthiopia1 (0)0173
 Ibrahima KoneMali1 (1)0173
 Aaron BoupendzaGabon1 (0)0179
 Kelechi IheanachoNigeria1 (0)0180
 Hassane BandeBurkina Faso1 (0)0294
 Jim AllevinahGabon1 (0)02103
 Zakaria AboukhlalMorocco1 (0)02115
 Gustavo SangareBurkina Faso1 (0)02159
 Sofiane BoufalMorocco1 (0)02166
 Ishmael WadiZimbabwe1 (0)02174
 Julio TavaresCape Verde1 (0)02176
 Selim AmallahMorocco1 (0)02180
 Andre AyewGhana1 (0)02180
 Sadio ManeSenegal1 (1)02180
 Issiaga SyllaGuinea1 (0)02180

Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorers 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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2019Odion IghaloNigeria5
2017Junior KabanagnaDR Congo3
2015Ahmed AkaichiTunisia3
 Andre AyewGhana3
 Javier BalboaEquatorial Guinea3
 Thievy BifoumaCongo3
 Dieumerci MbokaniDR Congo3
2013Emmanuel EminekeNigeria4
 Mubarek WakasoGhana4
 Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGabon3
 Didier DrogbaIvory Coast3
 Cheick DiabateMali3
 Houssine KharjaMorocco3
 Christopher KatongoZambia3
 Emmanuel MayukaZambia3
2008Samuel Eto’oCameroon5
2006Samuel Eto’oCameroon5
2004Frederic KanouteMali4
 Patrick MbomaCameroon4
 Jay-Jay OkochaNigeria4
 Francileudo SantosTunisia4
2002Julius AghahowaNigeria3
 Patrick MbomaCameroon3
 Salomon OlembéCameroon3
2000Shaun BartlettSouth Africa5

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