Nigerian international Ahmed Musa smashed in a memorable brace against Iceland exactly two years ago yesterday to elevate himself into an elite class of African marksmen to ever participate at the Mundial.
Egypt’s Abdulrahman Fawzi was the first African to register a goal at the FIFA World Cup, netting a brace in the Pharaoh’s 2-4 loss to Hungary at their debut in 1934.
Since then, the world has joined Africans in celebrating the goals of evergreen legends like Cameroon’s Roger Milla, Morocco’s Rabah Madja, Nigeria’s Rashidi Yekini, among others.
But who is Africa’s all-time top goalscorer at the FIFA World Cup? Soccernet.ng provides the answer.
The first of the two Cameroonians to appear on this list is a former Barcelona star, Samuel Eto’o.
A teenage Eto’o – the youngest participant in the championship – was part of the Indomitable Lions’ party to France ’98, but his first World Cup goal only appeared four years later. He netted Cameroon’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia at the Korea/Japan 2002.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year had to wait until the 2010 edition in South Africa to add to his tally. Etoo scored in Cameroon’s 1-2 loss to Denmark and also in the 1-2 defeat to the Netherlands.