🌍🏆AFCON: Top five goalscorers of all time

The 2021 AFCON is kicking off on Sunday, yes we’re almost there! Every footballer dreams of scoring a goal at AFCON. Some never realise this dream while others achieve something even bigger than that.

Here are the AFCON greatest scorers of all time.

The list below, starting with number five, Patrick Mboma and Hossam Hassan joint with 11 goals each, also features the likes of Rashidi, Laurent Pokou, and the greatest of all, Samuel Et’oo with a record 18 goals.

Here are the top five goalscorers of all time at AFCON:

5. Patrick Mboma (Cameroon), Hossam Hassan (Egypt) &
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast): 11 goals

4. Hassan El Shazly (Egypt): 12 goals

The Egyptian legend, who left this world in 2015 aged 71, played for The Pharaohs between 1961–1974. El Shazly’s golden year was the 1963 AFCON in which he scored six goals. He was remembered as a “devastating sharp-shooter with both feet.”

3. Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria): 13 goals

Most famous for being the man “of the net.” Nigeria’s first-ever goal in a World Cup in 1994. His celebration of crying with his hands holding the goal’s net became iconic. Yekini inspired Nigeria to win the 1994 AFCON.

2. Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast): 14 goals

Known as the L’homme d’Asmara (The man of Asmara), Pokou twice won the AFCON highest goalscorer. He banged in six goals in 1968 (Ethiopia) and eight in the 1970 event in Sudan.

1. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon): 18 goals

One of the most famous faces in African football. The ever-smiling Eto’o. The former Barcelona star is one of few AFCON legends to have won the tournament twice (2000 & 2002). Eto’o was fast, strong, and an energetic forward. His work rate, aerial ability, and his clinical finishing with both feet helped him to become the continent’s highest ever goalscorer.

Meanwhile, the 2021 tournament is kicking off on Sunday in Olembe as Cameroon host Burkina Faso.

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