When the Africa Cup of Nations began, football fans were excited to hear the names of the English Premier League stars like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez, who are on fine for their club. But when they played for their country in the tournament, they could not perform well due to various reasons. Everyone was expecting these three players to be in the Golden Boot race. But as the group stage matches are getting over, none of these three is leading the race. Sometimes Rugby betting will be just as brutal as the game itself. So, bet sensibly.
The player who is currently leading came as a surprise to every football fan. He is Vincent Aboubakar. The player of the tournament so far has to be the Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar. He’s scored five goals in three games, and he’s on his way to putting in an incredible performance across the whole tournament.
All the other teams had a tough start in AFCON. But the hosts had a great start, and the credit goes to their captain. Abubakar netted a brace in both matches against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia and added to his tally during the 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. Karl Toko Ekambi, also of Cameroon and Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango, are currently Aboubakar’s closest challengers on two goals apiece.
Here are the top five highest goal scorers of the tournament so far:
Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon) – 5 goals
Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon) – 2 goals
Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia) – 2 goals
Gabadinho Mhango (Malawi) – 2 goals
Ibrahima Kone (Mali) – 2 goals
After scoring five goals just in the group stages, Aboubakar can now eye a record that was made in 1974. Considering his form, there are chances that he will break it in this tournament. Zaire’s (Democratic Republic of Congo) Ndaye Mulamba holds the record for the most goals at a single AFCON tournament. The midfielder set the record back in 1974.
Aboubakar has earned 80 caps for Cameroon since his international debut in May 2010. He was part of their squads for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, 2017 and 2021. He scored the winning goal in the final of the 2017 tournament.
He has now scored 32 goals for the national team. He is the fifth-highest scorer in the national team’s history behind Samuel Eto‘o (56 goals), Francois Omam-Biyik (45), Roger Milla (36) and Patrick Mboma (33).
After the final group stage match against Cape Verde, he spoke to the media. “It was difficult opponent who made things tough for us,” Aboubakar told reporters.
“It was difficult to win although we wanted to finish with a 100% record. But we must not be negative about it because we are through.”