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June 18, 2024

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Abubakar and Mane win big at AFCON

Irene Namutebi

Cameroon Indomitable Lions forward and team captain, Vincent Aboubakar has won the Golden Boot Award of the just-ended 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations competition held in Cameroon.
The former Cotonsport of Garoua forward grabbed the award after emerging top scorer of the event.

The Al Nassr goal poacher scored 8 goals to power the host to a third place finish in the football festival.

Aboubakar scored in his first four games in the event. The 2017 AFCON winner opened his goal account in the tournament with a brace against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the opening game of the tournament.

He grabbed another brace in Cameroon’s 4-1 win over the Walia Antelopes of Ethiopia in the team’s second Group A fixture, before finding the back of the net again against Comoros Islands in the round of 16.

Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon (Golden Boot) for top scorer, Sadio Mane of Senegal (Player of the Tournament) and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Goalkeeper of the Tournament) with their trophies after the 2021
The ex-FC Porto man rounded off the race with a brace against Burkina Faso in the tournament’s third place game held at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium last weekend.

Vincent Aboubakar felt short of a goal to equal Zaire’s (DR Congo) Pierre N. Mulamba who spanked in 9 goals during the 1974 AFCON in Egypt to seat as all-time lead scorer in an AFCON tournament.

Aboubakar joins the list of numerous past winners of the golden boot amongst them, Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo who won the award in 2019 in Egypt after scoring five goals.