It leaves him two clear of his closest challengers: Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, Cédric Bakambu and Sadio Mane.
Concise News reports that though with a maiden AFCON medal around his neck, it wasn’t a totally sweet evening for Ighalo, 30.
Almost reduced to tears, the China-based striker limped off the pitch and had to be consoled by his trainers after pulling his hamstring as he raced off a counter and tried to make a pass.
But, he hopes to cling on to the golden boot and expect that neither of Mane nor Ounas scores twice in Friday evening’s final as they both trail him by more than one goal.
Find below the full list of AFCON 2019 highest goal scorers
5: Odion Ighalo (NIGERIA)
3: Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas (both ALGERIA), Cédric Bakambu (DR CONGO), Sadio Mane (SENEGAL)
2: Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Salah (both EGYPT), Jonathan Kodjia, Wilfried Zaha (both Ivory Coast), Carolus Andriamatsinoro (MADAGASCAR), Jordan Ayew (GHANA), Stéphane Bahoken (CAMEROON), Youcef Belaïli (ALGERIA), Youssef En-Nesyri (MOROCCO), Youssef Msakni (TUNISIA), Emmanuel Okwi (UGANDA), Michael Olunga (KENYA), Mickaël Poté (BENIN REPUBLIC), İbrahim Yattara (GUINEA), Bongani Zungu (SOUTH AFRICA)