Equatorial Guinea has named Gilson Paulo as the new coach for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Just two weeks before they co-host the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations this January 21, the 62 yr. old will take the place of Frenchman Henri Michel, who quit his position last month.
Something Paulo will have to address is the issue of naturalized players in the squad, for former coach Henri Michel had chosen a number of naturalized players above those with ‘true Equatoguinean heritage‘.
This had led to friction amongst the squad but midfielder Juvenal Edjogo says spirits have lifted considerably since the Frenchman’s departure.
‘The mood in the squad is much better now,’ the midfielder told BBC Sport.
Gilson Paulo’s first match as coach will be on Friday, January 6 when the team will host South Africa in a friendly in Bata. Gilson Paulo is the former youth coach of Brazil’s Vasco da Gama.