On January 19, Equatorial Guinea inaugurated its first forum on sports, which was held at the Ngolo Palace in Bata. The conference, “State of Sports in Equatorial Guinea,” was sponsored by the Minister of youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, and was held to promote the development of national sports and find solutions to current issues.
Top discussions at the forum focused on funding, maintenance of existing infrastructures in the country, the lack of training camps for clubs and recommendation of recognizing some of the country’s top former athletes.
During the opening ceremony, the Prime Minister represented President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in receiving the Great Sportsman Award in Equatorial Guinea. Afterward, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of incorporating sports in youth education and the need for improved sports facilities and resources across the country.
Also discussed at the conference was administration, legislation, human resource development, financing and media in reference to national sports programs. During the conclusion of the forum, leaders requested the creation of a fund for the development of sports and a campaign that would encourage sports practice for the population.
In their match against Ghana this week, Equatorial Guinea’s Women’s Nzalang Under-20 won 1-0. This was an important victory for the Women’s Nzalang because it was a qualifying match for World Cup Canada Under-20 2014.
Teammate Cristina scored the one and only goal 37 minutes into the game from a header by captain Cristelle.
On January 26, the teams will have a return match in Accra, giving them two weeks to prepare for the game that will determine which team moves forward to World Cup Canada 2014.
This Sunday, Equatorial Guinea will host the 2nd Beach Volleyball Tournament at Sipopo Beach.
Team registration will officially end at 11:45am, which will be followed by a drawing and pairing of teams.
After a successful event last year, the tournament has gained sponsorship from Elebi, WebGuinea, Agua Pura, FTF Catering, Milobi, Comercial Santy, Comercial Okomar and Perfumerias Haya, among others.
More information about the tournament, can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/583202755079620/?source=1.
Rodolfo Bodipo, former captain of the National Nzalang team of Equatorial Guinea, was recently appointed as the new advisor for the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT).
Domingo Mituy Edjang, Chairman of FEGUIFUT, appointed Bodipo to his new position two months after he stopped playing for the National Nzalang.
According to Edjang, he hopes that Bodipo will bring positive change to the FEGUIFUT, who has shown great commitment to national soccer by accepting this role.
On Saturday, January 11, Equatorial Guinea’s Women’s Nzalang Under-20 will play Ghana in the final round of the Women’s Under-20 World Cup Canada. The teams will play at the new stadium in Malabo.
According to Equatorial Guinea’s coach, Juan Micha, Ghana will be a tough team to defeat; however, the women on Nzalang have been working hard to prepare for this match.
“The national team of Ghana have a high level and we have great respect for the team, but we will try to get a good result, which could be 2-0,” he said.
The return leg of the final round will be played in the capital Accra the weekend of January 25, and the winning team will travel to the World Cup in Canada.