AFCON 2023 Golden Boot: Top goalscorers at Africa Cup of Nations in 2024

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway on January 13, 2024 in the Ivory Coast with 24 national teams ready to push hard for continental glory.

Defending champions Senegal are on the list of favourites to retain their title alongside World Cup semifinalists Morocco and an exciting Nigeria team.

Alongside the race to be crowned as the the kings of Africa, AFCON 2023 will also see some of the world’s top strikers going head-to-head for the Golden Boot, with Mohamed Salah, Victor Osimhen and Sadio Mane battling it out for the award.

The Sporting News looks at the Golden Boot race with updates every each matchday from the Africa Cup of Nations in 2024.

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AFCON 2023 Golden Boot: Top goalscorers

Despite boasting an impressive return of 51 goals in 91 international appearances for Egypt, Salah had only managed to score six goals at AFCON before this year, and his Golden Boot chances will hinge on Egypt’s progress at the tournament.

Both Salah and Mane could be featuring at their final continental championship, depending on their future international plans, and the latter has a stronger predicted chance of playing deep into the knockout stages with Senegal aiming to retain their crown.

Osimhen’s Nigeria remain further down the pecking order in terms of favourite status and there will be even more focus on the Napoli striker following Victor Boniface’s injury, which ruled him out of the tournament.

The table below will be updated after each AFCON 2024 matchday. Updated after games on January 18, 2024.

Rank Player Nation Goals (Penalties) Assists Games Played Mins Played
1. Emilio Nsue Equatorial Guinea 3 (0) 0 2 180
2. Lamine Camara Senegal 2 (0) 0 1 90
= Mohammed Kudus Ghana 2 (0) 0 1 90
= Mohamed Mustafa Egypt 2 (0) 0 2 180

Africa Cup of Nations 2023: Dates, schedule

The group stages end on January 24, with the knockout rounds beginning three days later, and the final is scheduled for February 11.

The full details are listed below.

Stage Dates Nations
Group Stage Jan. 13 — 24 24
Round of 16 Jan. 27 — 30 16
Quarterfinals Feb. 2 — 3 8
Semifinals Feb. 7 4
3rd Place Match Feb. 10 2
Final Feb. 11 2

AFCON kickoff times

The tournament features three kickoff time slots at 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. local time. The Ivory Coast is on the same timezone as the UK (GMT) and five hours ahead of USA Eastern Time.

Local kickoff time UK (GMT) USA (ET) Australia (AEDT) India (IST)
2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m. (following day) 7:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. (following day) 10:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. (following day) 1:30 a.m. (following day)

How to watch AFCON 2024

Here’s how to watch AFCON 2024 matches across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA beIN Sports Fubo, beIN Sports Connect, Fanatiz
Canada beIN Sports Canada

Fubo Canada, beIN Sports Connect, Fanatiz

UK Sky Sports Sky GO, Now TV
Australia beIN Sports beIN Sports
India FanCode

USA: The tournament will be available on beIN Sports with streaming options on Fubo.

Canada: BeIN Sports will provide broadcast coverage with Fubo Canada on streaming duty.

UK: Selected matches will be available on Sky Sports services with streaming available via Sky GO and Now TV.

Australia: BeIN Sports will provide broadcast coverage and streaming services for the tournament.

India: Streaming service FanCode is the place to go for AFCON 2024 matches.

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