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 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 Creates a National Indoor Soccer Team

Domingo Mituy Edjang, the President of the National Football Federation, assisted in the integration of two new players for the indoor soccer team of Equatorial Guinea while visiting Spain this week.

The two players, Roberto Tobe Belope and Kennedy Ofong Ubenga, joined the national soccer team just in time for the CAN 2013. Playoffs for the fourth African Cup of Indoor Soccer begin in a few months.

The National Nzalang indoor soccer team anticipates that their first friendly international match will take place this June.

Second Annual Women’s Marathon in Equatorial Guinea

The Association of Support to African Women (ASAMA), a volunteer organization created in Equatorial Guinea two years ago and based in the city of Bata, recently held the Second Annual Women’s Marathon. This Saturday, October 27, the second annual women’s marathon of the Association of Support to African Women (ASAMA) was held under the slogan “More women in everything, less in nothing.” The race passed through the main streets of Bata, in which numerous runners divided into two categories took part: A (young people aged 20 to 40 years old) and B (adults, between 45 and 70 years old).

Equatorial Guinea Wins Opening Match of Women’s CAN 2012

Equatorial Guinea’s women’s team, the National Nzalang, beat a very difficult South African team one goal to nil in the opening match of the Women’s CAN 2012, which was held in the new Malabo stadium. The game started with the kick-off from the First Lady of  Equatorial Guinea, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, wearing the official team shirt, who has declared herself the ‘number one fan’ of the women’s national team. As additional motivation, the team was offered ten million CFA francs (about $US20,000) for each goal scored by the national team players.