Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will win the Golden Boot award at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations if he scores on Saturday as Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike has been ruled out of Sunday's final.
The Spain-based player is joint top of the scoring charts with Nigeria's Emenike ahead of the final round of matches this weekend. Their four goals each means the two players have got the chance to increase their tallies with Nigeria playing Burkina Faso in the final on Sunday while Ghana take on Mali in Saturday's third place playoff.
But Nigeriaâ€™s AFCON hopes have been dealt a massive blow after top scorer Emenike was ruled out of Sundayâ€™s final by a muscle tear.
This means Wakaso will win the award if he scores in the third-place playoff between Ghana and Mali on Saturday.
Even if he doesn't score he will win it together with Emenike.
The Super Eagles are gunning for a third Nations Cup title after they won the tournament in 1980 and 1994.
MTNFootball.com can exclusively report that a scan has showed the Spartak Moscow striker, who leads the goals chart at this yearâ€™s Nations Cup, suffered a thigh muscle tear of the right leg and so will miss the tournament final against Burkina Faso.
A top team official informed MTNFootball.com: â€œEmenike has been ruled out after a scan showed he suffered a thigh muscle tear of the right leg during the semi-final against Mali. Itâ€™s a big, big blow for Nigeria.â€
The big, all-action centre-forward, who has emerged as one of the shinning stars at only his first AFCON, has fired four goals, just short of the 10 goals scored by Nigeria to propel them to the Sundayâ€™s championship game.