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African Cup of Nations 2022: 4 all-time highest goalscorers in the tournament's history

Arjun Singh Devgan
Samuel Eto'o is the all-time highest goalscorer in African Cup of Nations history
Samuel Eto'o is the all-time highest goalscorer in African Cup of Nations history / Gallo Images/GettyImages
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The start of the new year also brings about the start of the 2022 African Cup of Nations, with the tournament scheduled to take place between January 9 and February 6 in Cameroon.

A number of great players have participated in the tournament in the past and here, we take a look at the five highest all-time goalscorers in African Cup of Nations history.

1. Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) - 18 goals

Cameroon v Tunisia Group D - African Cup of Nations
Cameroon v Tunisia Group D - African Cup of Nations / Gallo Images/GettyImages

One of the greatest strikers of his generation in Samuel Eto'o tops this list, with the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star scoring 18 goals in the tournament with his haul being spread over six editions.

The 40-year-old won the tournament twice in 2000 and 2002 and finished as the top goalscorer in two consecutive editions in 2006 and 2008.

2. Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast) - 14 goals

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FOOTBALL-CHAMPIONNAT-RENNES-LYON / -/GettyImages

Laurent Pokou played only 30 games for Ivory Coast during his career, but he made a major impact for his country - scoring six goals in the 1968 edition and eight in the 1970 edition, including five in one game against Ethopia.

Despite his goalscoring feats on the pitch, it was rather unfortunate that he could win the trophy during his career.

3. Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) - 13 goals

Rasheed Yekini
Rasheed Yekini / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Rashidi Yekini remains one of the most prolific goalscorers to come from Nigeria, with the striker netting 13 goals in the tournament, of which seven came in 1994, where he led the Super Eagles to the title.

The late striker is also known for scoring Nigeria's first ever goal in World Cup history.

4. Hassan El Shazly (Egypt) - 12 goals

Tunisia v Egypt: Semi-Final - FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021
Tunisia v Egypt: Semi-Final - FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 / ATPImages/GettyImages

A legendary figure in Egypt, Hassan El Shazly scored 12 goals in the tournament's history and was the top goalscorer in the 1963 edition with six to his name.

The late star played in Egypt for entirety of his career and is an icon at Tersana - for whom he represented.

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