2023 AFCON: meet the top scorers ahead of quarter-finals

The 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) has brought a series of fond memories to fans and football lovers across the world and one of those is the interesting number of goals that have been recorded.

So far in the 2023 AFCON, Emilio Nsue who plays for the Spanish lower league club, Intercity, and Equatorial Guinea ranks as the highest goalscorer in the tournament.


The 34-year-old winger has net five goals in four games for Equatorial Guinea who finished top of Group A ahead of Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Unfortunately, the veteran footballer will not have the chance to add more goals to his tally.

This is due to their exit from the tournament in the round of 16.

A big chance

Mostafa Mohamed of Egypt with four goals in the tournament ranks second in the list, before he and his teammates were trashed, ending his dream to add to his tally.

Hence, Gelson Dala of Angola who is also on four goals has a big chance of overtaking Nsue if he manages to score two goals against Nigeria in the quarter-final clash at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 2.

Here are the highest goalscorers in the 2023 AFCON ahead of the quarter-finals stage:

1. Emilio Nsue (Five goals, Equatorial Guinea).

2. Egypt’s Mostafa Mohamed and Angola’s Gelson Dala (four goals).

3. Algeria’s Baghdad Bounedjah, Burkina Faso’s Bertrand Traoré, Mali’s Sinayoko, and Angola’s Mabululu Paciência (3 goals).

4. Nigeria’s Ademola Lookman, Ghana’s Jordan Ayew, Senegal’s Lamine Camara, Cape Verde’s Mendes da Graça, Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus, and South Africa’s Themba Zwane (two goals).

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