The U-20 Equatorial Guinea Women’s National Team, Nzalang National, advanced in their quest to qualify for the 2014 Canada FIFA World Cup by defeating Chipolopolo of Zambia at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday.
The game started after a moment of silence honoring Nelson Mandela and the Deputy Minister of Sports for Zambia. Coach Juan Micha of National Nzalang encouraged the team to fight hard and come out early to play.
During the game, Christelle Olive Ngo Nyapele scored both goals from set pieces in the first half. The first goal came in the 18th minute when Christelle scored from 25 meters away on a free kick. The second goal came shortly afterward when Christelle headed the ball into the net from a corner kick.
The next round of games will take place on December 21st in Malabo.
Fernando Gomes, the young Equatorial Guinean defender, was selected from the list of players that would make up the ideal team of the CAN 2013. Many players were picked from the national teams of Zambia (5) and Ivory Coast (4) since their tremendous success at the Cup of African Nations 2012.
Equatorial Guinea’s National Nzalanghas also been able to make a significant improvement as it’s the second team that has gained the most positions in the international ranking for the FIFA. After participating in the CAN 2012, the National Nzalang won 158 points and has gained 41 positions. Now at #110 in the world, National Nzalang fans anxiously await the news of qualification for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup and the CAN 2013, which will be held in South Africa.
In a tense final, Zambia beat Ivory Coast after tying 0-0 and winning 8 of the 7 penalty shots at the end of overtime.
The Cup of African Nations final, played in the Gabonese capital of Libreville, was a poignant one, considering that in 1993 a plane carrying the Zambian team crashed upon takeoff from the Libreville airport, killing all aboard.
It’s official: the finalists of the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 are the national teams of Ivory Coast and Zambia, who will be facing off this Sunday, February 12 at the Libreville stadium in Gabon. Ivory Coast most recently beat Mali 1-0 and Zambia was victorious over Ghana’s Black Stars, ending the match at 1-0 as well.
The finalists are the only two teams that won against Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang Nacional, granting even more prestige to the team’s stellar performance this year.