AFCON 2022 Awards List, Golden Boot Winner And Top Goal Scorers

AFCON 2022 Awards List, Golden Boot Winner And Top Goal Scorers

As curtains come down on the premier football competition in Africa, the African Cup of Nations, it is another celebration of the milestones the continent’s football has scored, know the list of AFCON 2022 awards

Senegal won the 2021 gong, their first ever AFCON title, but that wasn’t the only first witnessed at the competition.

For the first time since the 1970s, a player managed to finish the AFCON competition with eight goals. Yes, and that is despite the competition being slammed for a slow start, which saw very few goals scored in the opening rounds in the group stages.

AFCON 2022 Awards List: Golden Boot Winner And Top Goal Scorers This Edition

Whereas Senegal forward Sadio Mane wins the plaudits and higher ratings on SportyTrader previews for leading his nation to the 2021 title, football tips today would have Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar among the top men after his haul of eight goals in the competition, and that’s despite failing to score in the quarters and semi finals. It is also worth noting that it was Vincent Aboubakar’s goal that won Cameroon the 2017 AFCON title, in a 2-1 victory over Egypt.

Aboubakar’s performance at the competition is worth a mention as he has now joined a group of elite African footballers who lit up the competition in years gone. The man with the most goals ever at a single AFCON competition remains DR Congo’s Ndaye Mulamba, who scored nine goals in the 1974 tournament in Egypt. He led his country to win the title in the tournament and was named the Most Valuable Player.

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In scoring eight, Aboubakar leveled Cote d’Ivoire’s Laurent Pokou’s tally of eight in Sudan 1970. Pokou’s name remains etched in the history of African football as this was the second consecutive time he finished as lead scorer, having netted six in Ethiopia 1968. In 1970, Pokou was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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Egyptian Hossam Hassan and South Africa’s Benni McCarthy scored seven goals each in the 1998 tournament in Burkina Faso to place their names in the history books of the biggest football showpiece in Africa. South Africa went to that competition as the defending champions, having won the title at home, but it was Egypt who took the ultimate prize after a 2-0 win over South Africa. Hossam Hassan scored in that game, but McCarthy was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

One key stat about AFCON top scorers is that only six players have managed to win the gong in two different competitions and curiously, all these have been in back to back tournaments. Laurent Pokou, as mentioned, won it in 1968 and 1970 then Nigeria’s Segun Odegbami won it in 1978 and 1980.

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The great Roger Milla of Cameroon bagged it in 1986 and 1988 then Nigeria’s Rashid Yekini claimed the prize in the 1992 and 1994 tournaments. Cameroon’s Patrick Mboma was the lead scorer in 2002 and 2004 before passing the gong to his compatriot, Samuel Eto’o, to win it in the 2006 and 2008 editions with five goals in each of the competitions.

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