Equatorial Guinea Loses Against Zambia

Co-hosts Equatorial Guinea lost for the first time in the Africa Cup on Sunday in a match against the national team of Zambia. The Malabo game has ensured that both sides will now qualify for the quarter finals.

The Nzalang performed ​​a great first half, controlling the game of Zambia at all times and also creating goal opportunities.

In the second half Fabiani entered the game, replacing Thierry, and the Zambian team jumped onto the field seeking the goal that would ensure the classification and top position in the group.

In the press conference after the match, Gilson Paulo said he would have an immediate meeting with the players to talk about the game in order “to not let their spirits drop. The players are professionals and are not going to be affected by this defeat. We will continue working as usual, we must correct the mistakes and be optimistic.”

Equatorial Guinea Rewards Coach with New Contract

The 62-year-old Brazilian coach of Equatorial Guinea, Gilson Paulo, hired just weeks before the start of the Cup of African Nations, has surpassed expectations with the Nzalang Nacional’s wins over Libya and Senegal and has been rewarded with a new one year contract.

Equatorial Guinea, ranked 151st in the world, lost to Zambia on Sunday night but this has not affected their spot in the quarterfinals.

They face Cape Verde, Tunisia and Sierra Leone in their third-round World Cup qualifying group starting in June.

Equatorial Guinea Will Go To Quarterfinals

Kily, pictured above, scored a goal that will go down in the history of Equatorial Guinea four minutes into the added time. This was the goal that sparked delirium across the nation last night.

Equatorial Guinea produced one of the all-time Africa Cup of Nations upsets when leaving Senegal out of the finals.

After the surprising defeat, Amara Traore, the coach of the Senegal team, said, ”I congratulate Equatorial Guinea for qualifying. We tried everything, I’m content for my players, they gave their all. I am frustrated though, as we came here to make an impact.”

Equatorial Guinea Beats Senegal 2-1

The amazing 2-1 victory over Senegal was greeted by fans like these in Bata stadium and sparked huge celebrations across the country on Wednesday.

“We want to continue this dream – it’s special for us,” said captain of the Nzalang Nacional,  Juvenal Edjogo. ”This is an explosion for our fans – we are happy for the victory, for the qualification and for our supporters.”

“Senegal is a great team – [but] they needed a good score, and we knew they needed a goal,” Juvenal told BBC Sport after the historic win.

“We profited from the situation in the second half. We played well and this is justice.”

Click here for a play-by-play of the game.

The Official Ball of the CAN

The Comoequa takes its name from the river Como, whose waters cross the two host countries: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Its technology is the same that has been used to manufacture the Tango 12, the ball designed for the 2012 Eurocup and its predominant color is yellow, with details in the colors of the flags of the host countries.