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.
Last Sunday, the Black Panthers of Equatorial Guinea won their first trophy in the Head of State Cup of Equatorial Guinea. Ruslan Obiang Nsue’s team won the grand finale on Sunday by 0-1 against the Academia Deportiva Mesi Nkulu, of Ebebiyin. Despite recently being pulled into second division, the team was able to show that they had sufficient capacity to achieve victory.
The winning goal was scored in the first half by Antonio Ondo and the score was maintained until the end of the match, which was attended by over five thousand people and the President of the Republic and his wife, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang.
After this win, the Black Panthers will play next year for the first time the African Cup Winners Cup. In the meantime, Equatorial Guinea’s Super Cup will be played on Sunday, October 21, in which the the Black Panthers will go head to head against the Sony de Ela Nguema, the current champion of the league.
Photo courtesy of guineaecuatorialpress.com.
In a match that was played on Sunday, October 14, Equatorial Guinea beat the national team of the Democratic Republic of Congo by two goals to one, but did not qualify for the CAN 2013. The task of scoring four goals to tie the result of the first match played in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations proved difficult for the Equatorial Guinean team. The match was played in the capital of Equatorial Guinea, at the Malabo Stadium, where the Nzalang Nacional managed to defeat the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1.
The directors and board of the COGE (the Olympic Committee of Equatorial Guinea), led by its chairman, Manuel Sabino Asumu Kawan, met last week for the first time after the London Olympics. Among the issues at hand was the donation of computer equipment to the National Sports Federation, whose funds come from the aid of Olympic Solidarity, which organises assistance for National Olympic Committees (NOCs
The COGE reached financial stability earlier this year, thanks to the recovery of international subsidies that were suspended for four years due to the global economic crisis.
The 8th African Women’s Championship will take place from this October 28 to November 11, 2012 in Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea will get the championship underway against South Africa in the opening match to be played at Nouveau Stade in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, on October 28. Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo will play the second match of the championship in the same stadium afterwards.
Nigeria, seven time champions and current holders of the title, will open against Cameroon in Bata, on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea, on October 29. Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia (Group B) are scheduled to kick-off at 5.30 PM at Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata later in the day.