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.
Ghana’s enigmatic striker Asamoah Gyan is African’s all-time top scorer in the FIFA World Cup with six goals.
Gyan is never mentioned in the same breath as renowned compatriots Abedi Ayew and Tony Yeboah. Still, the veteran forward has no rival atop Africa’s goalscorer’s chart at the World Cup.
The former Black Stars skipper opened his goals account against the Czech Republic at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
At South Africa 2010, Gyan scored against each of Serbia, Austria, and the USA to take his tally to four.
But he was far from done, and in Brazil 2014, the Ghanaian striker breached the defence of Germany and Portugal for his fifth and sixth World Cup strikes.
And after 20 years, Roger Milla’s record as Africa’s highest scorer in the FIFA World Cup was finally smashed.