Former Cameroon star Roger Milla has made claims that Vincent Aboubakar could become one of Africa’s greatest ever players with his brilliant run of form in the ongoing AFCON.
Aboubakar who is the leading goalscorer in the ongoing AFCON with 6 goals so far still has a chance to break the record of the joint best goal scoring tally (7) which was set back in 1998 by Benni McCarthy of South Africa and Hossam Hassan of Egypt as hosts Cameroon march on to face Egpyt in the semi-final of the ongoing continental tourney.
Although, Ndaye Mulamba holds the record of the all-time top goalscorer at a single AFCON tournament when he scored nine goals for Zaire, (Now known as Democratic Republic of the Congo) during their 1974 title run.
Aboubakar, who plies his trade in the middle east for Saudi Arabian Al Nassr scored Cameroon’s winning goal against Egypt in the 2017 final.
“Aboubakar could be one of the greatest African footballers,” Milla told BBC Sport Africa.
Prior to the 2019 AFCON he suffered a critical injury which sidelined him for four months thereby making the then Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf sideline him for fitness issues.
“Unfortunately, two years ago he suffered a very serious injury which sidelined him for four months,” Milla continued
“I’m very happy for him because he came into AFCON in good form. When he’s playing, it’s as if the whole country wants to make up for lost time and they want him to win.”
“I hope he gets a goal against Egypt – and why not in the final?”
Milla also sees the Indomitable Lions as favourites to go on and lift this year’s Africa Cup of Nations – if they can get past the record seven-time continental champions, Egypt.
“Egypt is a good footballing nation and they’ve proved that over the years,” the 69-year-old said.
The semi-final meeting between the two sides is the latest of bigwig clashes as the two are the most decorated teams in Nations Cup history with a combined 12 AFCON trophies.
Cameroon and Egypt have met a total of 10 times at the tournament and met in three AFCON finals, with the Pharaohs coming out on top twice, in 1986 and 2008.
“Cameroon might not have the technique of the Egyptians, but Cameroon has the aggression to win and the power to beat any team.
“I think Cameroon will be motivated, but it’s a difficult AFCON and it’ll be difficult to get past Egypt. I think that if we can get past Egypt, Cameroon will be favourites.”
Roger Milla helped Cameroon it’s first two AFCON titles in 1984 and 1988, and was top scorer in 1986 where they would eventually lose on penalties in the final to Egypt.
On the world scene Milla broke his own record as the oldest goalscorer in World Cup by scoring against Russia in the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the age of 42 and is also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance