The Hotel Sofitel Sipopo Le Golf will host the first-ever international Pro-Am golf tournament featuring professional players from October 18 to October 20.
The newly created Equatorial Guinean Golf Federation (FEGUIGOLF) is organizing the first International Pro-Am to be held in Equatorial Guinea with help from sponsor 3E Actuaries. The president of the federation, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, announced that “the FEGUIGOLF is delighted to lend its support to the First International Pro-Am, which in 2014 will become the Equatorial Guinea Golf Open.”
The Sofitel Sipopo Le Golf’s spectacular facilities will host professional players such as Mario Tadini (Italy), Xavi Puig Giner (Spain), and Tarik Benslimane (Morocco). This marks an early step in the Federation’s effort to establish Equatorial Guinean golf at an international level.
Equatorial Guinea recently hosted a promotional golf tour on the island of Bioko as part of the government efforts to promote tourism in the country. Sports journalists and travel agencies from Spain, Belgium and France attended the tour held at the Sofitel Sipopo Le Golf, May 27-June 1.
During the golf tour, attendees were able to see the hotel’s golf course and facilities. Visitors were also able to see the city of Malabo, including its markets, national library and cathedral among others.
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.
A press conference was held last Tuesday morning to address the questions from the media about the great match between the Sony of Ela Nguema with its immediate follower, a senior member and contender for the title, the club Deportivo Mongomo. When asked about his aspirations for the team in the National Championship, the coach of Sony of Ela Nguema answered, “We are the current champions, a situation that, like anyone, we’d like to achieve once again; we know that it is possible, but we must work hard.”
“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using black power to destroy themselves and also make sure we install discipline and respect for each other,” the coach said.
“After losing to Zambia (in the semi-final), there arose so many accusations amongst the players,” Stevanovic said in a report delivered to the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) executive committee, but leaked to the media.
“Some players played to achieve personal fame, prominence and excellence”