Sport AFCON 2022 top goal scorers: Updated golden boot rankings at Africa Cup of Nations
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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 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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|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|
|4.||Ablie Jallow||Gambia||1 (0)||0||1||64|
|Max Gradel||Ivory Coast||1 (0)||0||1||71|
|Dawa Hotessa||Ethiopia||1 (0)||0||1||73|
|Ibrahima Kone||Mali||1 (1)||0||1||73|
|Aaron Boupendza||Gabon||1 (0)||0||1||79|
|Kelechi Iheanacho||Nigeria||1 (0)||0||1||80|
|Hassane Bande||Burkina Faso||1 (0)||0||2||94|
|Jim Allevinah||Gabon||1 (0)||0||2||103|
|Zakaria Aboukhlal||Morocco||1 (0)||0||2||115|
|Gustavo Sangare||Burkina Faso||1 (0)||0||2||159|
|Sofiane Boufal||Morocco||1 (0)||0||2||166|
|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|
|Sadio Mane||Senegal||1 (1)||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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|2017||Junior Kabanagna||DR Congo||3|
|Javier Balboa||Equatorial Guinea||3|
|Dieumerci Mbokani||DR Congo||3|
|Didier Drogba||Ivory Coast||3|
|2000||Shaun Bartlett||South Africa||5|
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