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Vincent Aboubakar leads Golden Boot race ahead of Karl Toko Ekambi

Vincent Aboubakar has thrown down the gauntlet in the race for the Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot.

The Cameroon captain has been in sublime form at the tournament thus far, netting a brace in both matches against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia to seal the hosts’ spot in the last-16 with a game to spare. He then added to his tally during the draw with Cape Verde and continued his run of scoring by netting against Comoros.

Indomitable Lions team-mate Karl Toko Ekambi is not far behind, with five goals after a brace against the Gambia in the quarter-finals, while Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango and Mali’s Ibrahima Kone are on three. Sadio Mane has two, as he helped Senegal through to the last eight.

Sofiane Boufal has led Morocco’s charge into the knockout stages, while Ibrahima Kone has two goals for Mali in the tournament, both of which have come from the penalty spot. Nicolas Pepe has two goals and an assist after he played a starring role in Ivory Coast’s progression through to the knockout stages.

Ahmed Mognia netted a brace in a famous win for Comoros over Ghana, and Jim Allevinah has stepped up for Gabon in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Musa Barrow was the hero as the Gambia reached the quarter-finals, and he now has two goals and two assists to his name.

Original story on Evening Standard

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