Ighalo aims for goal king as AFCON 2019 produce 100 goals so far

Author: Peter Sarbah
Idion Ighalo
Idion Ighalo

With only two games to draw the curtains of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations currently ongoing in Egypt, a total of 100 goals have been scored so far.

Out of the total goals scored, Nigeria’s Idion Ighalo leads the chart with four goals and an assist making him the likely contender for the Goal king unless Liverpool star and Senegalese international, Sadio Mane, who is on three goals is able to produce some magic in the final game.

Also contending for the Goal King accolade would be Algeria’s Adam Ounas who has hit the back of the net three times and provided one assist, while Captain Riyad Mahrez has same number of goals and assist and looks likely to scupper Ighalo’s party on Friday.

Unfortunately Cedric Bakambu of the DR Congo who also found the back of the net three times in four games for his country during the competition would not have the chance to compete for the Goal King because his team is out of the tournament.

The tournament which saw team increased from 16 to 24 has also seen 15 players scoring a brace each with Youssef Msakni of Tunisia and Algeria’s Youcef Belaïli still having the opportunity to increase their tally when they play their last games.

Algeria has scored the highest goals in the tournament so far with 12 goals and conceding just two, while the Senegalese defense is considered as the most compact having conceded just one goal in the tournament to Algeria.

Strangely out of the 50 matches played so far a total of 165 yellow cards have been issued, an average of 3.3 yellow cards per a game, while five players have received red cards.

Out of the 100 goals scored so far, 68 goals were scored in the group phase of the competition, with 32 goals being scored at the knockout stage.

Burundi and Guinea-Bissau are the two sides who failed to score a goal in all the three matches they played in the tournament.