Historic Soccer Match between Equatorial Guinea and Spain

Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 11.12.53 AM“Operation David and Goliath” is what fans have named this Saturday’s sold-out game between Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang team and Spain’s La Roja. The Spanish national soccer team, La Roja, has arrived in Equatorial Guinea, and is staying in one of the most emblematic hotels in the country, Hotel Sofitel Malabo Le Golf.  The team held a press conference at the hotel after the team arrived this morning. La Roja said they will give their best, try to win and make it a day for the fans.

The Nzalang players look forward to the game against Spain where they will face the world champions in soccer. Juvenal Edjogo, team captain of Nzalang says, “We expect a great show and, above all, we want to make a good game for our fans, because they deserve it. We are all pleased that Spain has decided to come to Equatorial Guinea because it is historic and we hope that in the future there will be more meetings as well.”

The excitement of the approaching game is not just felt by Edjogo.  With 15,250 seats sold, this match is the main topic of conversation throughout the country. The game will take place at El Nuevo de Malabo, one of the best stadiums in Africa.

Equatorial Guinea’s Women’s Under-20 National Team Qualifies for Next Round

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 3.10.56 PMAfter Sunday’s game against the Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea’s Under-20 national team will move forward in the qualifying rounds for the FIFA’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup, Canada 2014.

The teams tied 2-2 on Sunday when they played, thanks to Victoria Mangue who scored in the last 90 minutes of the game.

Though they tied, Equatorial Guinea qualified for the next round because they won in the first leg 4-0 when they played in Abidjan.

Equatorial Guinea’s National Nzalang Prepares to Face Spain

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 2.19.33 PMIn anticipation of the match against Spain on November 16 at the New Stadium of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s National Nzalang has selected its lineup, which includes Casillas, Ramos, Busquets, Villa and Iniesta.

This is a major opportunity for the chosen Equatoguinean players to prove their skills since Spain is the current world champion and a two-time champion of Europe.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, along with other officials from the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT), confirmed the match on November 7th.  Since then, there has been growing anticipation that can be felt throughout the nation.

To add to the pressure, the Second Vice President for Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, promised five million euros to the National Nzalang if they beat Spain. The Second Vice President also promised 50,000 euros for each goal scored.

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Equatorial Guinea’s Women’s Nzalang Defeats Ivory Coast 4-0

On Friday, October 25, Equatorial Guinea’s women’s soccer team defeated the Ivory Coast 4-0. The game was a major victory for the sub-20 team because it is valid for the qualifying rounds for the FIFA Sub-20 World Cup finals in Canada 2014.

With four players out sick, the game was off to a slow start in the first half with a 1-0 lead, Equatorial Guinea. However, things picked up in the second half when teammates Sabina and Susan scored three more goals, leaving Equatorial Guinea in the lead 4-0.

The next game for the women’s Nzalang will be in Malabo in two weeks.

Nzalang Loses to Cape Verde 2-1

After losing to Cape Verde 2-1 on their last game, the National Nzalang of Equatorial Guinea is further from qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Though Obina scored for the women’s Nzalang shortly after Cape Verde in the second half, they were unable to tie the match before the game was over.

The loss put Nzalang at third place in their group with a total of 4 points, followed by Cape Verde with 3 points. Ahead of Nzalang is Sierra Leone with 5 points and Tunisia with 10 points.