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.
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.
Andoni Goikoetxea, coach of Equatorial Guinea’s National Nzalang, recently renewed his contract for two more years. During an interview, he described his past experience in Equatorial Guinea as a very positive experience, stating that, “the people have always treated [him] with great respect and affection.”
The Nzalang team is continuing to make progress and hopes to qualify for the CAN 2015. Goikoetxea said, “Qualifying for CAN 2015 would be very important for soccer in Equatorial Guinea and we will fight with all our strength for it.” Their match against the Spanish certainly inspired them to push forward. Goikoetxea described the match as, “something historic, a prize for the Equatorial Guinean soccer and all the fans.”
Overall, Goikoetxea’s message to the fans of Equatorial Guinea was, “We are growing and will continue to grow.” He believes that to continue soccer success in Equatorial Guinea soccer schools need to be made a priority because they “are important for children to improve their techniques and team play.”
The basketball champions of Central Africa, the Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea, left for Portugal last Friday in preparation for the African Basketball Championships League, which will take place in Tunisia on December 12th.
The sports exhibition will be led by the team’s Vice President, Juna Mañe Ondo. The team includes 18 members and 12 players. Emiliano Ebendeng and Juan Mangire are expected to join the team next weekend, as well.
According to Miguel Ángel Hoyo, the team’s expert, all members have arrived in Portugal safely and have begun training.
Below is the program for the upcoming games:
- Malabo Kings vs. Cambados – Tuesday, 12/3
- Malabo Kings vs. CD Marin – Wednesday, 12/4
- Malabo Kings vs. Oporto – Thursday, 12/5
- Malabo Kings vs. Orense – Monday, 12/9
This will be the last championship game between Equatorial Guinea and Central Africa before leaving for the Center for Higher Performance in Melgaso, with the destination of Tunisia the following day.
This Friday, November 22, the Akonangui team has became the official champion of the National Soccer League in Equatorial Guinea, also known as the Playoffs, by beating The Panthers 1-0 in a match marked by tension between the two opponents.
The match faced by Akonangui against The Panthers F.C. of Malabo was characterized by the enormous tension felt in the field and in the stands.