The African Champions League of basketball is well underway in Malabo. Mongomo Basket, the sole representative of Equatorial Guinea, won 2 of its 5 games. They will compete for the 9th-12th positions since they did not make the quarterfinals.
Thus far, the teams from Angola have proven they are the strongest teams in contention; all three Angolan teams (Petro, Libolo, and Primero) made it to the quarterfinals and will play Manga of Gabon, Al Ahly of Egypt, and ABC Ivory coast, respectively. The other quarterfinal game is between ESS of Tunisia and Etthad of Egypt.
The quarterfinal matchups took place today, December 6. Stay tuned for updates as games are completed.
Inter Continental won the First Lady of the Nation Cup on October 11 and have added to their winnings this past weekend by winning the league title. They claimed the title after beating Estrellas de Vesper of Bata at the Annex Stadium.
The club’s directors hosted a dinner for the players to celebrate their titles. During dinner, Inter Continental’s captain delivered the trophy and medals to the directors.
Bonifacio Manga Obiang, the President of the FEGUIFUT, committed to increase the subsidy to the league during his congratulations speech.
Equatorial Guinea’s capital will host the African Basketball Champions League for its first time and will take place between November 29 and December 8. Organization of the event is being handled by Manuel Sabino Asumu Kawan, the Vice Minister of Youth and Sports.
Twelve teams will compete in the competition. Angola is the only country to have three representatives, while the rest have one. Mongomo Basquet will represent Equatorial Guinea.
Check www.guineaecuatorialpress.com to view updates as competitions progress
The players and coaching staff of the Women’s Nzalang were awarded medals on Tuesday for winning the Women’s CAN 2012. They received their medals from the President of the Republic and the First Lady. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo acknowledged that the exploits of the players “raises the level of prestige of Equatorial Guinea, and helps to highlight our country in the African confines and the world in general.” The team looks forward to defending their title in 2014.
The Women’s Nzalang kept their unbeaten streak alive as they cruised through the championship by beating South Africa 4-0.
The game started out slow, with neither team really taking control. South Africa controlled possession early, but created no magical moments in the offensive end. It appeared as though the game would be 0-0 going into halftime. However, Equatorial Guinea broke through moments before the whistle blew, giving the Women’s Nzalang a 1-0 lead.
Equatorial Guinea took over in the second half, tacking on another 3 goals to their lead. When the final whistle blew, the crowd erupted with joy as they celebrated the championship victory. After the game, the Women’s Nzalang were awarded gold medals and the cup by the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.