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

Written By Kyle Bonn
AFCON 2022 - Ibrahima Kone - Karl Toko Ekambi - Vincent Aboubakar
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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 Cameroon teammate, Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon, is right there behind him on two goals and he's joined by three other players: Malawi's Gabadinho Mhango, who plies his trade with Orlando Pirates in South Africa, and scored a brace against Zimbabwe; Sarpsborg's  Ibrahima Kone, who has two penalties to his name; and Saint-Etienne and Tunisia attacker Wahbi Khazri

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane  has just one goal in two matches, and he and club teammate Mohamed Salah  (one goal) are still well behind if they hope to challenge for the top spot. Man City attacker  Riyad Mahrez was locked down in his opening match for Algeria, while Sebastien Haller finally got on the board in Ivory Coast's second group match.

AFCON 2022 Top Scorers

Below is the AFCON 2022 top scorer rankings featuring the 34 goal scorers in the tournament who have contributed all 41 total goals seen thus far. There have also been a total of seven penalty kicks scored.

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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Rank Player Country Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
1. Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon 4 (2) 0 2 167
2. Gabadinho Mhango Malawi 2 (0) 0 1 90
  Karl Toko Ekambi Cameroon 2 (0) 0 2 139
  Ibrahima Kone Mali 2 (2) 0 2 163
  Wahbi Khazri Tunisia 2 (0) 0 2 170
6. Samuel Chukwueze Nigeria 1 (0) 1 2 118
  Musa Barrow Gambia 1 (1) 1 2 180
  Moses Simon Nigeria 1 (0) 1 2 180
  Max Gradel Ivory Coast 1 (0) 0 1 71
  Dawa Hotessa Ethiopia 1 (0) 0 1 73
  Seifeddine Jaziri Tunisia 1 (0) 0 2 80
  Musa Kamara Sierra Leone 1 (0) 0 1 90
  Alhaji Kamara Sierra Leone 1 (0) 0 2 91
  Hassane Bande Burkina Faso 1 (0) 0 2 94
  Jim Allevinah Gabon 1 (0) 0 2 103
  Nicolas Pepe Ivory Coast 1 (0) 0 2 109
  Zakaria Aboukhlal Morocco 1 (0) 0 2 115
  Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 1 (0) 0 2 145
  Ablie Jallow Gambia 1 (0) 0 2 147
  Taiwo Awoniyi Nigeria 1 (0) 0 2 154
  Sebastien Haller Ivory Coast 1 (0) 0 2 154
  Gustavo Sangare Burkina Faso 1 (0) 0 2 159
  Sofiane Boufal Morocco 1 (0) 0 2 166
  Aaron Boupendza Gabon 1 (0) 0 2 168
  Ishmael Wadi Zimbabwe 1 (0) 0 2 174
  Julio Tavares Cape Verde 1 (0) 0 2 176
  Selim Amallah Morocco 1 (0) 0 2 180
  Andre Ayew Ghana 1 (0) 0 2 180
  Walieldin Khidir Sudan 1 (1) 0 2 180
  Sadio Mane Senegal 1 (1) 0 2 180
  Hamza Mathlouthi Tunisia 1 (0) 0 2 180
  Esteban Orozco Eq. Guinea 1 (0) 0 2 180
  Mohamed Salah Egypt 1 (0) 0 2 180
  Issiaga Sylla Guinea 1 (0) 0 2 180

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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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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