Cameroon footballers who have finished as top scorer in African Nations cup (see here)
Five Cameroon footballers have finished as top scorer in the history of African nations cup.
Three of those five have finished top scorer in more than one occasion. Samuel Eto’o has finished top scorer twice, Patrick Mboma twice, Roger Milla twice, Salamon Olembe once and Vincent Aboubakar once. Cameroon, Egypt and Nigeria have produced the joint most AFCON top scores(8) in history of the tournament.
Below are the Cameroon footballers who have finish as top scorer in the African nations cup top scorer awards.
Roger Milla won the the award this year after scoring four goals. He finished the group stage with three goals, scoring in all of Cameroon’s group stage matches against Zambia, Morocco and Algeria. He also scored the lone goal in the Semi finals match against Ivory Coast. Milla’s incredible run ended in the finals as Cameroon lost to Egypt on penalty shootout after a goalless draw.
Milla got his second consecutive top scorer award in the 1988 tournament after scoring two goals. His first goal came in a revenge 1-0 win over Egypt in the group stage. He also scored in a one all draw with Nigeria. Cameroon went on to win the tournament that year after defeating Nigeria 1-0 in the finals with Emmanuel Kunde getting the winner.
Milla finished join top scorer that year with Lakhdar Belloumi of Algeria, Abdoulaye Traore of Ivory Coast and Gamal Abdelhamid of Egypt.
Patrick Mboma and Salamon Olembe
Mboma and Olembe all from Cameroon finished top scorer in 2002 with three goals each alongside Nigerian international Julius Aghahowa. Patrick Mboma scored in Cameroon’s first two group matches against DR Congo and Ivory Coast, with Cameroon win both fixtures with a 1-0 score line. He also scored the only goal in Cameroon’s 1-0 win over Egypt in the quarter finals.
Salamon Olembe’s goals came against Togo in the group stage and a brace against Mali in the Semi finals.
Cameroon won the tournament that year without conceding a goal. They defeated Senegal in the finals on penalty shootout.
Mboma finished top scorer for the second consecutive tournament in 2004. All of his goals came in the Group stage. He scored in a 1-1 draw with Algeria and then hat trick as Cameroon demolished Zimbabwe 5-3. Cameroon’s were defeated that year by Nigeria in the Quarter finals 2-1.
Samuel Eto’o won his first top scorer award in 2006 AFCON. All his goals came in the group stages. He scored a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Angola. He scored his fourth goal in a 2-0 win over Togo and the fifth in a 2-0 win over DR Congo.
Cameroon’s tournament came to an end in the Quarter finals with Samuel Eto’o missing his spot kick in the shootout.
Eto’o scored a brace in a 4-2 defeat to Egypt in the group stage. He went on to score against Zambia and also a brace against Egypt in their last group stage match.
Cameroon lost to Egypt in 1-0 in the finals that year.
Aboubakar was Cameroon’s main man as Cameroon finished third in the 2021 AFCON on home soil. Vincent Aboubakar started his campaign with a brace in the opening match 2-1 win over Burkina Faso. He followed that up with another brace in a 4-1 victory over Ethiopia. Aboubakar finished the group stage campaign with a goal in a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. He scored against Comoros in the Round of 16. Aboubakar ended his campaign with a brace in the third place match against Burkina Faso which Cameroon went on to win on shootout after a 3-3 draw on regular time.
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