Africa: Totalenergies AFCON Records – Mulamba’s Famous Nine, Five-Star Pokou

A look into the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations all-time top scorers list, and the names Pierre Ndaye Mulamba and Laurent Pokou will be cast in gold.

While Pokou sits second on the list with 14 goals, four shy of record scorer Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, DR Congo’s Mulamba has 10 goals to his name. However, both are in the AFCON book of records for different reasons.

Mulamba holds the record for the historical top scorer when it comes to a single edition. “Mutumbula” as he was known among his supporters scored nine goals in Egypt 1974 as the Leopards grabbed the title, a record till date.

On the other hand, Pokou who was the top scorer in two consecutive editions holds another record, having scored five goals in a single match when Cote d’Ivoire defeated Ethiopia 6-1 in Sudan 1970.

Pierre Ndaye Mulamba

After playing a role in DR Congo (then Zaire) qualification to the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Mulamba came to Egypt with Les Leopards to take part in the 1974 AFCON. He emerged as the tournament’s most valuable player and top scorer after scoring nine goals in six matches, a record that lasts till today.

Mutumbula as he known in his nation scored a brace against Guinea and another goal against Mauritius in the group stage. In the semifinal he added another brace as Zaire stunned hosts Egypt to reach the final. Against Zambia he scored another brace, and as the final ended in a 2-2 draw it was replayed 48 hours later with Mulamba scoring two more goals to see his side winning the trophy.