AFCON 2019: Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo leads Golden Boot race ahead of Sadio Mane The 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is hitting the homestretch with just two matches left to conclude the tournament.
Senegal and Algeria have already booked a place in the finals slated for Friday, July 19, at the Cairo International Stadium, with Nigeria set to go head-to-head against Tunisia on Wednesday, July 17, to fight for a third-place finish after losing their semi-final fixtures. VIEW FULL TWEET
However, even as the four nations gun for a better finish, a different race pitting the tournament’s best finishers is heating up, with up to four players angling for the prestigious Golden Boot award. Nigeria striker, Odion Ighalo, is currently leading the top goalscorers chart with four goals ahead of the final round of fixtures.
Ighalo scored from the spot as the Super Eagles lost 2-1 to Algeria in their semi-final clash on Sunday, July 14, to take his tally to four. SEE TWEET
The Shanghai Shenhua forward will be keen to increase his the tally when his nation face Tunisia for a chance to win the individual award. He is facing stiff competition from three other players including Sadio Mane and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas all who are on three goals. SEE WHO FANS BLAME ON NIGERIA VS ALGERIA’S GAME
DR Congo’s Cédric Bakambu is the other player on three goals but currently out of the race after his country bowing out of the tournament in the Round of 16. SEE FULL STORY
Meanwhile, Mane could potentially be leading the list should he have not missed two penalties in the early stages of the competition. AFCON 2019 top scorers so far:
Odion Ighalo – 4 goals (Nigeria) Sadio Mane – 3 goals (Senegal) Adam Ounas – 3 goals (Algeria) Riyad Mahrez – 3 goals (Algeria) 2 goals: Belaili (ALG) , Elmohamady, Salah (both EGY), Andriamahitsinoro (MAD), J. Ayew (GHA), Bahoken (CMR), En-Nesyri (MAR), Okwi (UGA), Olunga (KEN), Pote (BEN), Yattara (GUI), Kodjia, Zaha (both CIV), Bongani Zungu (RSA) 1 goal: Idrissa Gueye (SEN) SEE WHY TURKISH CHAMPIONS WANT AHMED MUSA
The 28-year-old fired the Desert Foxes to triumph over Nigeria in their semifinal clash at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, July 14.