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.”
In anticipation of the match against Spain on November 16 at the New Stadium of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s National Nzalang has selected its lineup, which includes Casillas, Ramos, Busquets, Villa and Iniesta.
This is a major opportunity for the chosen Equatoguinean players to prove their skills since Spain is the current world champion and a two-time champion of Europe.
The two players, Roberto Tobe Belope and Kennedy Ofong Ubenga, joined the national soccer team just in time for the CAN 2013. Playoffs for the fourth African Cup of Indoor Soccer begin in a few months.
The National Nzalang indoor soccer team anticipates that their first friendly international match will take place this June.