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Senegal U20 star Pape Diop scoops the Golden Boot award



Senegal U20 star Pape Diop scoops the Golden Boot award

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Senegal midfielder Pape Demba Diop has won the Golden Boot award of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2023.

The 19-year-old scored five goals in the tournament which earned him the coveted trophy as the leading scorer of the 23rd edition of the biennial tournament.


The Zulte Waregem starlet impressed in the land of the Pharaoh with his spectacular goals and his ability to be at the right place at the right time.

Diop opened his account in the 3-0 hammering of Mozambique in the second group match before hitting a famous hat-trick against host nation Egypt to eliminate the Young Pharaohs.

Diop showed real promise in the tournament as he pushed for first team action at Belgian side Zulte Waregem. The Ouakam born maestro was a delight to watch in the well drilled Senegalese team.

He scored a sumptuous goal to put Senegal in front against Tunisia in the semi-finals at the Suez Canal Authority Stadium.

Diop also starred in the final triumph over their arch rivals The Gambia.


The former Diambar FC ace played 74 minutes in the 2-0 victory to secure his team their first ever U-20 Africa Cup of Nations glory.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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