Equatorial Guinea will host the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2015), main Pan-African football competition, to be held in Malabo, Bata, Ebebiyin and Mongomo from January 17 to February 8. The West African nation also hosted the CAN in 2012.
The country is ready to welcome the national and expatriate players who will participate on the CAN 2015. The government of Equatorial Guinea has taken all the necessary preventive measures to avoid a possible case of Ebola.
Equatorial Guinea’s national team, the Nzalang, will be led by its recently appointed coach, Esteban Becker. A young Equatorial Guinean referee, Joaquin Ela Esono Eyang, will join well-known referees throughout the CAN 2015. Joaquin Ela Esono Eyang was born in 1985. His father had a long career as a referee and, after his death in 2000, Joaquin joined the referee school in 2002. In early 2013 he was promoted to the rank of international central referee of the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football).
The following list shows the members of the Nzalang national team. Goalkeepers: Aitor Embela (Malaga CF Juvenil A); Felipe Ovono Mbang “Arus” (CD Mongomo) and Carlos Mosibe (CA de Malabo). Defenses: Dani Evuy (no team); Diosdado Mbele (Leones Vegetarianos FC); Igor Engonga (CD Tropezon); Armando Bohale “Sipo” (AEK Larnaca); Miguel Angel Maye (Akonangui FC) and Rui Fernando (Hibernians FC). Midfielders: Emilio Nsue (Middlesbrough FC); Juvenal Edjogo (FC Santa Coloma); Iban Iyanga “Randy” (Iraklis Psachna FC); Ivan Zarandona (Rangers FC); Pablo Ganet (UD San Sebastian de los Reyes); Carlos Martin “Charly” (College Europa) and Viera Ellong (The Panthers FC). Forwards: Javier Balboa Osa (GD Estoril); Ivan Salvador (Valencia Mestalla); Ruben Belima (Real Madrid Castilla); Ivan Bolado (Pune City FC); Raul Fabiani (CD Olímpic); Kike Boula (RCD Mallorca B) and Ruben Dario (Leones Vegetarianos FC).
Ticket prices range from 500 CFA francs (less than 1 Euro) to 5,000 CFA francs in Ebebiyin and Mongomo, and from 1,000 CFA francs to 15,000 CFA francs in the VIP areas in Malabo and Bata.
Chuku Chuku, a friendly and colorful porcupine, one of the most characteristic species of the Equatoguinean forests, is the name of the official mascot of the Africa Cup of Nations.