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AFCON 2022 top goal scorers: Updated golden boot rankings at Africa Cup of Nations – Sporting News

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.

MORE: AFCON 2022 group standings

Rank Player Country Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Mins
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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Year Player Country Goals
2019 Odion Ighalo Nigeria 5
2017 Junior Kabanagna DR Congo 3
2015 Ahmed Akaichi Tunisia 3
  Andre Ayew Ghana 3
  Javier Balboa Equatorial Guinea 3
  Thievy Bifouma Congo 3
  Dieumerci Mbokani DR Congo 3
2013 Emmanuel Emineke Nigeria 4
  Mubarek Wakaso Ghana 4
2012 Manucho Angola 3
  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon 3
  Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 3
  Cheick Diabate Mali 3
  Houssine Kharja Morocco 3
  Christopher Katongo Zambia 3
  Emmanuel Mayuka Zambia 3
2010 Gedo Egypt 5
2008 Samuel Eto’o Cameroon 5
2006 Samuel Eto’o Cameroon 5
2004 Frederic Kanoute Mali 4
  Patrick Mboma Cameroon 4
  Jay-Jay Okocha Nigeria 4
  Francileudo Santos Tunisia 4
2002 Julius Aghahowa Nigeria 3
  Patrick Mboma Cameroon 3
  Salomon Olembé Cameroon 3
2000 Shaun Bartlett South Africa 5

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Liverpool outline Denis Zakaria transfer stance as Naby Keita's AFCON could be over – Liverpool Echo

Here is your Liverpool morning digest for Thursday, January 20.

Liverpool’s transfer stance on Denis Zakaria

Despite persistent rumours linking the Reds with a move for Denis Zakaria, it doesn’t appear as though they carry any weight.

The midfielder has been a stand-out performer for Borussia Monchengladbach over the course of several seasons spent at the club.

But his time with Die Fohlen is coming to an end, with his current contract expiring in the summer.

That means, of course, the Swiss international is being linked with moves to a whole host of clubs, including the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

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Liverpool have also been caught up in the saga, with some recent reports suggesting the Reds are ‘serious’ about their interest in Zakaria.

Gladbach want to sell this month if they can so they can at least get some sort of transfer fee instead of losing him for nothing in the summer, and some outlets are suggesting Liverpool might pounce on that situation.

But Anfield insiders have told the Echo that there is little chance of the club making a move for the midfielder at this moment in time.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

Naby Keita might have played last match at AFCON

There’s every chance Naby Keita‘s Africa Cup of Nations campaign might have already come to an end.

His Guinea team did just enough to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament, finishing second behind Groub B winners Senegal and edging out Malawi with a better head-to-head record.

Keita was the real driving force behind his team’s group stage success, putting in back-to-back man-of-the-match displays in the victory over Malawi and the draw against Sadio Mane’s Senegal.

The Guinea captain even scored a stunning screamer against Zimbabwe, though it wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat.

Guinea face The Gambia in the round of 16 in what looks to be a winnable tie – but Keita’s team-mates will have to claim victory without him if they want to go deeper into the tournament.

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Fortunately for Liverpool fans, the midfielder’s absence is not injury enforced, but a result of disciplinary rules.

Keita picked up yellow cards in the matches against Senegal and Zimbabwe, meaning he must serve a one-game ban instead of taking to the pitch with his countrymen.

If Guinea can get the win without him, Keita looks set to return for their quarter-final tie, which would be against either tournament hosts Cameroon or Covid-hit Comoros.

If The Gambia are the ones to prevail, Keita would be on a plane back to Liverpool in a boost to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield options.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

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Team News | Muskwe starts against Sheffield United | News – lutontown.co.uk

Manager Nathan Jones has made two changes for this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield United.

Admiral Muskwe starts up-front with Cameron Jerome following Zimbabwe’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, in place of Elijah Adebayo who is amongst the subtitutes. 

Henri Lansbury comes into midfield ahead of Jordan Clark as the gaffer freshens up his side with the Hatters searching for their third win of the week.

Town: Shea; Kioso, Burke, Bradley (C), Naismith, Bell; Lansbury, Campbell, Mpanzu; Muskwe, Jerome.

Substitutes: Sluga, Berry, Adebayo, Mendes Gomes, Clark, Onyedinma, Osho.

Referee: Stephen Martin

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'Let's build on positives' – DailyNews – DailyNews

DESPITE the early exit at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), Warriors coach Norman Mapeza, pictured, feels the future of the national team is secure only if they can build on the positives they got from the tournament.

Mapeza was mandated to preside over Warriors’ participation at the Afcon tournament — but just like his predecessors in the previous four tournaments — he failed to steer the team to the knockout stage following defeats to Senegal and Malawi.

While the Warriors rounded off their tournament with a 2-1 win over Guinea, it was rather too little too late as they finished bottom of Group B with three points.

The Warriors have never reached the knockout stage of the Afcon tournament after all their five appearances ended in group stages. Zimbabwe made their Afcon debut in 2004 under Sunday Chidzambwa.

Mapeza became the fourth Zimbabwean coach to fail to steer the Warriors to the knockout stage of the tournament following unsuccessful stints by Chidzambwa in 2004 and 2019 while Charles Mhaluri and Callisto Pasuwa also failed at the 2006 and 2017 editions respectively.

And with Zimbabwe now shifting their attention to 2023 Afcon qualifiers starting in March, Mapeza said their elimination should not derail efforts to assemble a competitive side going forward.

“We know everyone is disappointed that we couldn’t progress to the next round and it’s understandable for our football fans and everyone to feel that way. 

“We are all very disappointed like everybody else for coming back home in the first round,” Mapeza told the Daily News soon after arriving from Cameroon yesterday.

“We always play to win and we have no excuse to give as we all want to get the good results that can make everyone happy. 

“We didn’t get good results but through the continued support from all football stakeholders, we can try work hard to rectify some of the mistakes we made.

“I think there are things we did better but also we have a lot of areas to improve. Overall there were so many positives that we get from all games we played that I think we can use to build up our team going forward.”

Mapeza’s assistant Taurai Mangwiro weighed in saying the team takes collective responsibility for the results obtained.

“We are all disappointed that we couldn’t progress to the next round of the tournament but we wouldn’t want to doubt the commitment of the players,”Mangwiro said.

“They did try to put in their best performance and it was very unfortunate that we couldn’t hang in there especially in the game against Senegal where we lost the game in the last few seconds of the match.

“In our match against Malawi, we had taken the lead but we failed to defend our lead and allowed them to get back into the game due to some errors we made.

“But in the game of football, we win and lose as a team and we take full responsibility for the results we got as a team.

“We wouldn’t want to look into the individual errors but we work and collectively accept that we failed as a team and try to work around that so that we improve ourselves going forward.”

Veteran defender Onismor Bhasera believes the team needs a bit of patience as they are in a rebuilding process with the emergence of several young players in the squad.

“I do think that this team is a work in progress with the new young players coming in, we got something to build on and it’s a process that needs the support of everyone,” he said.

“We lost games especially against Senegal, I do believe we had worked hard and we only needed a bit of luck to hold on but we ended up losing. We will take the positives going forward and with everyone’s support we will bounce back strong.”

Cloud Fusire

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