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Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers

Thu 20 January 2022 | 13:00

Africa had some great strikers in all these years, in this article, we want to take a look at the Africa Cup of Nations records and statistics and introduce the best goal scorers of the African Cup of Nations.

Africa is often seen as a continent that has a lot to do with poverty, hunger, wars, exploitation and many other things. To be born and raised in Africa means having far fewer chances to achieve one's dreams than other populations, however, the continent also has incredible stories of success despite the problems.

Several of these stories are actually to be found in Africa with people who were raised in very difficult conditions and were able to find their way out and become real sports legends. Thanks in part to globalization, Africa is becoming more and more famous in many sports, especially football.

The position of the striker is iconic in the history of football. The striker is a goalscorer par excellence, someone who just needs a half-chance to score. The world of football has seen some exceptional strikers, and as such we have seen some great African strikers and goalscorers, the ones who have written their names in gold letters in the annals of football.

In this article, we want to take a look at the

Africa Cup of Nations

records and statistics and history to see which footballers from this continent have scored the most goals for their respective national teams.

AFCON All Time Top Scorers

Africa has always had outstanding strikers and goal scorers, including the likes of Roger Milla, Georges Weah, Manga Onguené, Jules Boncandé, Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba and many others. Both at club level and for the national team, they were hitmen and great goal scorers. Do you think any of the African Cup of Nations top scorers 2021 will be able to score so many goals to earn a place in this list? We will have to wait and see. Now stay tuned as we will take a look at the Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers.

André Ayew – 10 Goals

One of the best Ghanaian footballers of his time and the son of Abedi Pele, the legendary Ghanaian midfielder, Andre Ayew is the only footballer in our list that is still active in football and part of the Ghana national team in the 2022 African Cup of Nations, which means he can still add to his tally. So far, Andre Ayew has scored a total of 10 goals for his country in different editions of the African Cup of Nations.

Ayew was called up by Ghana coach Claude Le Roy in August 2007 and made a late debut against

Senegal

. Following this, Ayew was picked to play in the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana. He participated in a few games, starting in the opening match against Guinea. He was also featured in the other group matches against Namibia and Morocco. The Ghanaian team finished first in their group before being knocked out in the semi-final against Cameroon by a goal to nil. They went on to beat Ivory Coast to finish third.

Ayew played in the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. In the group matches, he scored his first goal for the Ghana national team against Burkina Faso. He played in every game of the tournament and Ghana finished runners-up after being defeated by Egypt in the final by 1-0.

He was summoned for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where Ghana ended first in their group with two wins and a draw before defeating Tunisia in the quarter-final and then losing to

Zambia

in the semi-final. Ghana finished fourth in the competition after losing to Mali.

Despite being in the squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, his coach decided on 7 January 2013 to exclude Andre Ayew from the Ghana squad after he failed to make the deadline due to injury. In the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Ayew was a star player for the Black Stars, where he managed to score three goals. The Ghanaian national team reached the final but lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast.

Joel Tiehi - 10 Goals

Since he is the third Ivorian footballer to book his place in our list of Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers, we can say that this country has produced some of the finest strikers of the African continent. With a total of 10 goals scored, Joel Tiehi has managed to secure his place in this list of best goal scorers of the African Cup of Nations.

Tiéhi started his football career in 1984 at Stade d'Abidjan. He moved to France in 1987 to join Le Havre AC in Division 1 and was relegated to Division 2 in 1988, although Tiéhi and the team later returned to Division 1 in 1991, where he spent three more years.

Joel Tiéhi left in 1994 for RC Lens, which also played in Division 1. He played 46 games there during one and a half years and scored 15 goals. In early 1996, he transferred to another premier league side, FC Martigues. That same year, they were relegated to Division 2. After half a year away from Ligue 1, he joined the amateur side Saint-Leu FC.

In the middle of 1997, Tiéhi went back to Division 1 and signed a contract with Toulouse FC. He left for the United Arab Emirates after a year with this club. He played there for Al-Jazira Club and Al-Ain FC, both of which won the national championship in 2002 and the following year. In 2003, he retired from football.

Tiéhi first played for the Ivorian national team in 1987. He took part in the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations. There he played in matches against Algeria (3:0, 1 goal), Congo (0:0),

Cameroon

(0:0, 3:1 in penalty kicks) and in the winning final against

Ghana

(0:0, 11:10 in penalty kicks).

Tiéhi went to the African Cup of Nations again in 1994. He played 4 matches there: against Sierra Leone (4:0, 3 goals), Zambia (0:1), Ghana (2:1, 1 goal) and Nigeria (0:0, 2:4 in penalty kicks). He ended that year's African Cup of Nations with the team in 3rd place.

Then in 1996, he was again in the team for the Africa Cup of Nations. At this tournament, he played in matches against Ghana (0:2), Mozambique (1:0, a goal) and Tunisia (1:3), where he also scored a goal. In that tournament, the national team of Ivory Coast were eliminated from the group stage.

Tiéhi was once again called up to the African Cup of Nations in 1998. He participated in matches against

Namibia

(4:3, 2 goals), South Africa (1:1), Angola (5:2, 2 goals) and Egypt (0:0, 4:5 on penalty kicks). The Ivory Coast team were eliminated from that tournament in the quarter-finals. From 1987 to 1999, Tiéhi appeared in a total of 40 games for the national team and scored 25 goals.

Kalusha Bwalya - 10 Goals

Kalusha Bwalya became one of the first Africans to play in Europe and Mexico. He was considered a pioneer during his fabulous career. Between 1983 and 2004, Bwalya played for his national team, where he became the most capped player and top scorer of all time, and arguably the best Zambian player in history. With 10 goals scored in the African Cup of Nations, he has a place for himself in the list of AFCON All Time Top Scorers.

He gained worldwide recognition for his iconic hat-trick against Italy at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, with a 4-0 victory that marked the first time an African country had defeated a European powerhouse. Although Zambia's run came to an end against

Germany

in the quarter-finals (4 goals to 0), the striker ended up as the second-highest scorer in the competition with six goals, behind a certain Romario. He was a true sensation that earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 1988.

However, Bwalya's great story with the Zambian national team ended in tragedy.  On the 27th of April 1993, their plane failed to take off and crashed off the coast of Congo. They were on their way to Dakar to play Senegal. In the crash, 18 players, coach Godfrey Chitalu and officials were killed. Kalusha had intended to join his compatriots only at the last moment and on his own since he had an important match to play with his then club, PSV Eindhoven.

Although he was in pain, he was able to help rebuild the team. Thanks to his determination to win, the Chipolopolo miracle happened. The Zambian team was resurrected and put in a series of high-profile performances, with attacking moves that were praised by all observers.

The Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mali all fell victim to the unleashed and vengeful assaults of the Mufulira native and his partners. Zambia went ahead early in the match, in an indescribable atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah in Tunis, before eventually being beaten by the Super Eagles (2 goals to 1). However, it did not matter. Kalusha Bwalya, the miracle worker, came back to Lusaka as a hero, praised along with his teammates by the people who were ecstatic.

During his career with the Zambian national team, Kalusha appeared in a total of six African Cup of Nations, scoring just one goal in five editions and another five goals in the 1996 African Cup of Nations, thus entering the  Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers list.

Ndaye Mulamba - 10 Goals

Ndaye Mulamba was undoubtedly one of the best African footballers of his time, and also amongst the best footballers from Zaire (the Democratic Republic of the Congo). With ten goals scored in the African Cup of Nations, he is the only DR Congo (Zaire) football player to have a place in the list of Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers.

Mulamba is the record holder for goals scored in an African Cup of Nations finals with 9 goals in 6 matches at the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. In that year, Zaire triumphed in the final against Zambia to win their second African Cup of Nations championship. He also won the African Club Champions Cup with Vita Club of Kinshasa in 1973.

For Pierre Ndaye Mulamba, the 1974 African Cup of Nations was the perfect opportunity to gain recognition in Africa. As the star striker of the Leopards of Zaire (Congo was renamed Zaire in 1971 by President Mobutu Sese Seko), Pierre Mulamba indeed confirmed his status.

He scored nine goals, including four in the final (there were two finals: the first where the Zambians and Zairians were tied at two apiece and the second "play-off" final which was won by the Zairians by a score of 2-0). Ndaye Mulamba, therefore, remains in the history of African football with the highest number of goals scored in a single African Cup of Nations.

The Leopards went on to lose all their friendlies by huge scores in the build-up to the 1974 World Cup. In their first game of the 1974 World Cup, they lost 2-0 to Scotland, and Mulamba was powerless to watch his team's defeat. The team went on to lose 9-0 to Yugoslavia. Furthermore, Mulamba was dismissed against

Brazil

(3-0 defeat) and suspended for three matches by FIFA. Having been eliminated in the group stage without scoring a single goal, the Zairians went home humiliated, with Mulamba unable to help his country.

Later on, the player argued that the reason for the poor performance at the tournament was because of either the players' protest or broken morale with the team not receiving the promised bonuses of $45,000. He participated in the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations and scored a goal against

Sudan

(1-1), which was his last African Cup of Nations goal.

Didier Drogba - 11 Goals

There is an African saying: "The croaking of the frogs does not prevent the elephant from drinking". That seems to have been Didier Drogba's motto, who was able to impose himself in the difficult European football scene and become a world-famous player, a star in Africa and a living God in Ivory Coast. One of the greatest footballers of all time in the African continent, Didier Drogba is another Ivorian footballer behind Laurent Pokou to appear in this list of Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers.

His first international appearance came in the Africa Cup qualifier against

South Africa

on 8 September 2002. He scored his first international goal in his second international match on 11 February 2003 in a 3-0 win over Cameroon. The Ivory Coast missed out on qualifying for the 2004 African Cup of Nations, however, and it was not until the 2006 African Cup of Nations that he played his first tournament with the national team. The Ivory Coast lost the final against

Egypt

in a penalty shoot-out. Drogba was one of the tournament's top scorers with three goals.

His first international appearance came in the Africa Cup qualifier against South Africa on 8 September 2002. He scored his first international goal in his second international match on 11 February 2003 in a 3-0 win over Cameroon. The Ivory Coast missed out on qualifying for the 2004 African Cup of Nations, however, and it was not until the 2006 African Cup of Nations that he played his first tournament with the national team. The Ivory Coast lost the final against Egypt in a penalty shoot-out. Drogba was one of the tournament's top scorers with three goals.

Drogba was part of the Ivorian national team that qualified for the 2006 World Cup and scored the Ivory Coast's first World Cup goal in the first match with Argentina's national football team, scoring the equaliser to make it 1:2. In the second group stage match of the 2006 World Cup against the

Netherlands

, he was shown his second yellow card and was therefore suspended for the final group stage match against Serbia-Montenegro, which the Ivory Coast won 3-2.

The team finished fourth in the 2008 African Cup of Nations, where Ivory Coast scored the most goals with 16, three of which were from Drogba. In the 2010 African Cup of Nations, they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

He took his team to the final against Zambia at the 2012 African Cup of Nations, winning five matches without conceding a goal. In the final, he missed a penalty kick in the 70th minute. He was the fifth Ivory Coast player to take a penalty in the shoot-out. However, with Kolo Touré and Gervinho missing, Ivory Coast lost the penalty shootout 7-8.

For eight years he was the captain of the Ivorian national team and is their record goalscorer. He netted his 50th goal on 10 August 2011 in a 4-3 win over Israel. During his international career, Drogba scored a total of 65 goals in 104 appearances for Ivory Coast.

Hossam Hassan - 11 Goals

Hossam Hassan is undoubtedly one of the most famous Egyptian players whose feet touched the football pitch, and during his career achieved impressive successes at the international and Arab levels. Together with the Cameroonian Patrick Mboma and the famous Didier Drogba, Hossam Hassan of Egypt is one of the best strikers in the history of the African continent with 11 goals scored in different editions of the African Cup of Nations. He is also the top scorer in the history of the Egypt national team.

Hassan debuted in the Egyptian national team in September 1985 against

Norway

. In 2004, he had stated that he would never play for his country again when he was called up but was not included by the then coach Marco Tardelli. In December 2005, he made his return to the national team after a year's absence.

Under the national coach Hassan Shetata, Hassan changed his mind and was called up again for The Pharaohs. Hassan has played at seven Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006. The Egyptian holds the record together with Alain Gouaméné, the former Ivory Coast goalkeeper. This record was only broken by Rigobert Song in 2010 when he won eight participations.

In addition, Hassan was involved when Egypt took part in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. In the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Egypt, Hassan won the title with his team. In the quarter-final match against DR Congo, he scored his only goal in the tournament. Following the 2006 Africa Cup, Hassan ended his international career.

Hossam Hassan managed to become one of the best scorers in Egypt in all the clubs he was part of, so much so that the clubs that wanted to raise their name included Hossam in their ranks, and this was only because of his unique style of play, which he had mastered by then. In fact, Hossam stood out for his high manoeuvrability against the opposing team, controlling the ball as much as possible by avoiding the pressure of the opponent and controlling his reactions as much as possible.

Hossam's game is being taught in clubs as his quick foot made him a strong player who could hold the ball as long as possible and there is no doubt that clubs had a desire for him. It was due to his outstanding play that Hossam could bear to use his height and head the ball to his teammates, which boosted the team spirit as he was not only playing for himself but for a whole team to raise the name of the team to which he belonged.

Patrick Mboma - 11 Goals

Widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of the African continent, Patrick Mboma is unquestionably the worthy heir to Roger Milla and a prestigious forerunner to Samuel Eto'o on Cameroonian football. With a total of 11 goals scored, tied with Hossam Hassan of Egypt and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast, Patrick Mboma has a place for himself in the list of AFCON All Time Top Scorers.

The kid who left his native Douala at the age of two launched his first left-footed strikes in Pavillons-sous-Bois, in Seine-Saint-Denis. He realised at a very young age that his talent was not enough to achieve his goals alone. So he combined his qualities with a good dose of discipline, relentless work and above all humility. When he was spotted at Paris Saint-Germain, he played as a reserve player but was sidelined by George Weah, David Ginola and Amara Simba in the attacking third.

This was only the beginning of a long journey, which sent him on loan first to Châteauroux, then to Metz. Later on in his career, he excelled in Japan. Just before the 1998 World Cup, he was given the opportunity to bounce back to Europe and signed for Cagliari at the end of his Japanese season before moving to Parma where he played alongside Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram.

It was in 2000 that the Cameroonian striker made his mark on the world of football. After winning the African Cup of Nations, the lion, together with Samuel Eto'o who was still a cub, took his nation to the gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games, a tournament during which the Indomitable Lions would successively beat Ronaldinho's Brazil in the quarter-finals, Zamorano's Chile in the semi-finals, and Xavi's Spain in the final!

The Indomitable Lions won the African Cup of Nations again two years later, and he was the top scorer, of course. In 2000, he won the African Golden Ball and twice won the African Cup of Nations Golden Shoe. "Magic Patrick" also managed to score an exceptional goal against Les Bleus in a friendly match at the Stade de France. Having scored 33 goals in 55 appearances, he also has the best goals per game ratio in the history of the Cameroonian national team.

By the end of 2002, he had signed for Al Ittihad of Tripoli, who were looking to win the first African Club Cup in Libya's history thanks to his outstanding goal-scoring skills. Sadly, they were unsuccessful. In 2003, the striker moved again to the land of the rising sun, this time to the Japanese side Tokyo Verdy. After two years, he hung up his boots at Vissel Kobe at the age of almost 35. This goal hunter has given a lot of pleasure and titles to the African football world.

Hassan El-Shazly - 12 Goals

Hassan El-Shazly, the star of Arsenal and the former Egyptian national team, is widely regarded as one of the most prominent goal scorers in the history of the Egyptian league, having carved his name in golden letters in the annals of Egyptian football. With 12 goals scored, Hassan El Shazly is the fourth player in the list of Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers, just behind Rashidi Yekini, Laurent Pokou and the famous Samuel Eto’o.

Al-Shazly and his partner Mustafa Riyad, for example, used to be the most dangerous attacking duo of all rivals in the 1960s, although they played for the Tersana club and neither of them was wearing the Al-Ahly or the Zamalek jerseys. El-Shazly is the all-time top scorer in the Egyptian league with 173 goals so far, and there is no other player who has been able to break his record despite not playing for the two giants Al-Ahly or Zamalek.

El-Shazly is the top scorer for the Egyptian team at the African Cup of Nations, with 12 goals, and so far no Egyptian player has been able to surpass his tally. Al-Shazly was able to achieve glory in the Al-Shawakeesh jersey bearing in mind the stages he went through during his football career at Arsenal, since he is the only player in the history of the Egyptian league to win the title of top scorer 4 times in the competition, and no player has ever managed to reach this figure.

At the Egyptian national team level, Hassan El-Shazly is the Pharaohs' second-highest scorer in international matches right behind Hossam Hassan. El-Shazly netted 44 goals with the Egyptian team and played 70 international matches. El-Shazly has an all-time record for Egyptian players in African Cup of Nations tournaments by scoring 12 goals, making him the top scorer in Egypt's historic "Al-Kan" during the 1962, 1963 and 1970 editions.

The former Arsenal star is also the player who has scored the most hat-trick goals in the Egyptian national team jersey, and this happened 4 times. El Shazly is the only Egyptian player to score three goals with a "hat-trick" twice in the African Cup of Nations, in 1963 against Nigeria and in 1970 against Côte d'Ivoire.

Rashidi Yekini - 13 Goals

Rashidi Yekini is mainly an icon in African football. A powerful, unforgettable image. Yekini was a Nigerian football legend, the god of a national team in which he constantly shone, scoring a total of 37 goals in just 58 appearances, including two African Cup of Nations top-scorer awards in 1992 and 1994. With a total of 13 goals scored in the African Cup of Nations, he is third in the list of AFCON All Time Top Scorers.

The 1.90m tall giant was one of the best strikers of his time and also terrified opposing defences in the national team. He contributed fully to his team's victory at the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia and allowed Nigeria to win its first African Cup of Nations outside of the country (Nigeria had won the 1980 edition at home).

Several months later, the Super Eagles participated in their first

World Cup

in the United States and Yekini came out on top as the best African player in 1993. His goal against Bulgaria and the historic shot that still remains engraved in the memory of the fans will have a bitter taste for the Nigerian because it will be synonymous with his relentless decline...

The "Bull of Kaduna" would never score again in the World Cup. Never satisfied with his status as the best scorer in the history of his national team, he dreamed of becoming the top scorer of the African Cup of Nations ahead of Laurent Pokou of Côte d'Ivoire, who had scored 14 goals, without success, as Nigeria was excluded from the 1996 edition.

His country, however, got back on the bandwagon in 2000 and hosted the tournament along with Ghana. Yekini, however, was no longer up to the task. The team was moving away, a dream was shattered. No African Cup of Nations, no records. What's worse, he saw Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o get his dream in 2008, to become the top scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations with 18 goals.

Following his retirement from football, he declined to be the Nigerian FA's ambassador for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and his partnership with a wealthy currency trader turned into a drama. He became depressed, paranoid, bordering on bipolar disorder, and bankrupt, and went into hiding at home, where he would never be seen again.

He died in 2012, alone, in his ruined house in Ibadan. This former player of the Finidi, Rufai, Okocha, Kanu generation was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease. The passing of the "bulldozer" of the Super Eagles has left no football fan unaffected. Rashidi Yekini's ability to make a mark on his generation was undoubtedly his talent.

Laurent Pokou - 14 Goals

Laurent Pokou has left his mark on his generation. The former Ivorian international has remained a legend in his country, but also at Stade Rennais. A gifted dribbler, fast, physical and tactically intelligent, his name will always be remembered in African football. Although he is regarded as one of the greatest strikers in history, his career was never as successful as it should have been. With 14 goals scored in different editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, he is just behind Samuel Eto’o in the list of Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers.

After proving himself at the club level, Paul Gévandon, the French national team coach at the time, was persuaded of his immense talent and took him to the 1968 African Cup of Nations in Ethiopia. The striker revealed himself to the whole world at this competition.

He was awarded a fine third place and earned the nickname 'the man from Asmara' thanks to a feat of arms in the semi-final against Ghana on 19 January 1968. The Elephants were trailing 2-1, but he unleashed a two-goal burst in just five minutes of play.

Completely overjoyed, he knocked out the Black Stars' defenders one after the other and left them dumbfounded by his skill. The Ivory Coast then led 3 goals to 2, but unfortunately, it was not enough. The game ended with Ghana winning by 4 goals to 3.

This defeat, full of class, was the birth of his legend. Pokou netted his sixth goal of the tournament, making him the tournament's top scorer. He repeated the feat with eight more goals at the 1970 edition in Sudan, having scored a five-goal haul against Ethiopia, who were beaten 6-1.

It was a legend in the making. The striker scored 14 goals in just two finals, a record that would stand for almost forty years, losing out to Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o. Unfortunately, the player displayed his talent with his national team without winning an African Cup of Nations.

Before retiring from football, he took part in one last African Cup of Nations in 1980. When he returned, he went into the textile business. Laurent Pokou nonetheless remained in the world of football by coaching two Ivorian clubs (ASEC Mimosas and RS Anyama). Then, he joined the Ivorian federation and was appointed FIFA ambassador. He also served as an ambassador for a humanitarian association called "SOS Children's Villages". Laurent Pokou died on 13 November 2016 after a long illness at the age of 69. He will remain a legend in Ivorian and African football.

Samuel Eto’o – 18 Goals

A legend of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Samuel Eto'o is undeniably the most successful footballer "Made in Africa". However, all was not easy for the player with a huge ego. Having played in six different editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, Samuel Eto’o was able to score a total of 18 goals, topping the list of Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers, meaning that he is the African highest goal scorer of all-time.

Born in the small town of Nkon in March 1981, the young cat was thinking big by the age of 14. After scoring a few goals, dribbles and hooks on the wastelands of Douala, he opted to leave his native Cameroon for bigger horizons. He was able to establish himself in Europe as one of the best strikers in the history of football.

With the Cameroon national team, Eto'o twice won the African Nations Cup. At the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, he and Cameroon won gold. In the final Eto'o scored a goal. Both in 1998 and 2002, Eto'o was a member of Cameroon's World Cup squad.

His first goal in the Africa Cup of Nations was scored on 28 January 2000, in the 3-0 win over Ivory Coast in the Group A matches for 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. It wasn’t his last goal of the tournament as he was able to score three more goals in the quarter-final, semifinal and final matches against Algeria, Tunisia and Nigeria, respectively. In that tournament, Eto’o scored a total of four goals.

In the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, Eto’o was only able to score a goal in the Group C match against the national team of Togo. In the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2004, Samuel Eto’o once again wasn’t able to put on good performances and only scored a goal against Nigeria in the quarter-finals.

The 2006 Africa Cup tournament got off to a good start for Cameroon and Eto'o. During the group stage, they defeated Angola (3-1, three goals from Eto'o), Togo (2-0, one goal from Eto'o) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (2-0, one goal from Eto'o).

However, the quarterfinals were the endpoint for Cameroon. In the match against Ivory Coast, which ended 1-1 after extra time, penalty kicks were needed to decide the match. It was Eto'o who scored first. All other players scored, so the striker had to take a second kick.

When Eto'o shot high over, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored to give Ivory Coast a place in the semi-finals. With five goals, Eto'o became the top scorer of the 2006 Africa Cup. Also at the 2008 Africa Cup, Eto'o was the tournament's top scorer with five goals.

He was successful against Egypt (two goals, of which one was a penalty kick), Zambia (penalty kick) and Sudan (two, of which one was a penalty kick). His first goal against Sudan made Eto'o the all-time top scorer of the Africa Cup. With Cameroon, he reached the final, but Egypt proved too strong (0-1).

In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Samuel Eto’o first added another goal to his list of goals in the history of competition against Zambia in the Group D match and later on scored another goal against Tunisia, also in the group stage. It proved to be his 18th and last goal in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, which put him at top of the list of the Africa Cup of Nations all-time goalscorers.

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