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Asamoah Gyan leads the list of African goal scorer’s at the World Cup

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Football fans have witnessed several great goals by players from the African continent, since Egypt made their debut in 1934 FIFA World Cup.

Abdulrahman Fawzi was the first African to register a goal in the FIFA World Cup and on that faithful day he was on target twice when Egypt lost 2-4 to Hungary.

However, Ghana’s skipper Asamoah Gyan is African’s all-time top scorer in the FIFA World Cup with six goals.

Below is the full list of African players who have at least three goals in the World Cup.


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Asamoah Gyan



The Black Stars skipper is African greatest scorer of all-time in the FIFA World Cup, having found the back of the net six times. He registered his first ever goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup against Czech Republic-the goal stood as the fastest goal of the tournament. Gyan continued from where he left off in in 2006 when he bagged three goals against Serbia, Austria and the USA in the 2010 Mundial. In 2014, the Ghanaian striker scored a goal each against Germany and Portugal to break Roger Milla’s feat which had stood for 30 years as the African highest scorer in the FIFA World Cup.


Roger Milla


The man arguably rated as the greatest African football of all time by a section of the African  football loving fans has five goals to his name in the FIFA World Cup.

Milla scored four goals in Italy 1990 World Cup, celebrating each one with a dance around the corner flag that has become a popular goal celebration.

Two of his goals came against Romania in Cameroon's second game, and two more came in extra time against Colombia in the last 16 to carry Cameroon to the quarter-finals.

Milla scored a goal against Russia in 1994, setting a record as the oldest goalscorer in a World Cup tournament, breaking the record, he had set in 1990.

The five goals recorded by Roger Milla would stand for three decades before Asamoah Gyan would finally break it in Brazil 2014.


Samuel Eto’o


The all-time top scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations has registered three goals in the Mundial, since he made his maiden appearance in 1998.

Eto’o scored his first goal of the FIFA World Cup in 2002 in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. The four times African Footballer of the Year scored his second and third goals against Denmark and Netherlands respectively.


Papa Bouba Diop


He is perhaps best known for scoring the first goal of 2002 FIFA World Cup against France, which resulted in the 1–0 defeat of the then reigning World champion. He ended the Korea/Japan World Cup as his team's best scorer of the tournament with three goals, having also scored twice against Uruguay.

N/B: The list doesn't include African players who scored two and one in the World Cup.

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