African football players have excelled tremendously well in their career both regionally and internationally. The African Cup of Nations is an event that showcases spectacular performances of various African football stars; from excellent dribbling skills to impressive goals scoring specialists.
Here are top 10 African Cup of Nations Highest Goal Scorers of all time.
10) Mengistu Worku, Ethiopia (Goals: 10)
Mengistu Worku was an Ethiopian footballer. Recognized as the finest Ethiopian footballer in history, Mengistu Worku is one of Africa football legends. He is famously recognized for his role in the final of the 1962 African Nations Cup, and for being the head coach to take the Ethiopian national football team to the African Nations Cup in Libya in 1982. He has a record of 10 goals in the African Cup of Nations tournament.
9) Joël Tiéhi, Ivory Coast (Goals: 10)
Joel Tiehi was a striker who played for Côte d’Ivoire national team. Born in Abidjan, He played in 4 African Cup of Nations tournaments, winning the 1992 edition. He also has a record of 10 goals in the tournament.
8) Kalusha Bwalya, Zambia (Goals: 10)
He is a former Zambian International footballer, football coach and current president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ). Nicknamed King Kalu, he is one of the most honored players in Zambia. He has made many appearances in the African Cup of Nations tournament scoring 10 goals. In 1996, He was voted 12th best player in the world. He’s considered as the best Zambia player of all time.
7) Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast (Goals: 11)
This outstanding Chelsea striker is one of the most successful African footballers to ever walk the earth. He played for, and captained the Ivory Coast national team for many years and has won the African Footballer of the Yeartwice, in 2006 and 2009. He scored a total of 11 goals in the African Cup of Nations tournament. He is the most expensive Ivorian player in history.
6) Hossam Hassan, Egypt (Goals: 11)
Hossam Hassan played as a striker in the Egyptian national team. He featured in seven African Cup of Nations tournaments scoring 11 goals. He is Egypt’s all-time top scorer with 68 goals in 176 appearances. He’s currently the manager of Al-Ittihad Alexandria in the Egyptian Premier League.
5) Patrick Mboma, Cameroon (Goals: 11)
The prolific goal scorer, Patrick Mboma is a former Cameroonian football striker who led his team to victory at 2000 and the 2002 African Cup of Nations winning the tournaments respectively. He scored an overall 11 goals in the African Cup of Nations Tournaments. He’s renowned for his wonder left foot scoring long distance goals.
4) Hassan El-Shazly, Egypt (Goals: 12)
Hassan El-Shazly is a retired Egyptian footballer. Nicknamed a “devastating shooter”, he was the Egyptian Premier League top goal scorer. He appeared in a number of the African Cup of Nations tournaments for the Egyptian national team and scored 12 goals overall.
3) Rashidi Yekini, Nigeria (Goals: 13)
This former Nigerian football striker led his team to victory in the 1994 African Cup of Nations tournament winning the trophy and was named best player of the tournament in that year, also topping the goal charts. He scored a total of 13 goals in the African Cup of Nations tournaments.
2) Laurent Pokou, Ivory Coast (Goals: 14)
Laurent Pokou is a former member of the Ivory Coast national team who won the highest goal scorer of the Africa Cup of Nations twice, in the 1968 tournament and the 1970 edition. He was nicknamed L’homme d’Asmara (the man of Asmara) for his outstanding performance. He is on our number two spot for scoring a total of 14 goals in the African Cup of Nations tournament.
1) Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon (Goals: 18)
This astonishing African footballer is a former striker for the Cameroon national team. He had his elementary football training at the Kadji Sports Academy in Cameroon. He is the most decorated African football player of all time having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times. He scored a total of 18 goals in the African Cup of Nations tournament. This former Barcelona player was ranked third at the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.