Equatorial Guinea’s National Nzalang Prepares to Face Spain

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 2.19.33 PMIn 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 Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, along with other officials from the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT), confirmed the match on November 7th.  Since then, there has been growing anticipation that can be felt throughout the nation.

To add to the pressure, the Second Vice President for Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, promised five million euros to the National Nzalang if they beat Spain. The Second Vice President also promised 50,000 euros for each goal scored.

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Equatorial Guinea’s Women’s Nzalang Defeats Ivory Coast 4-0

On Friday, October 25, Equatorial Guinea’s women’s soccer team defeated the Ivory Coast 4-0. The game was a major victory for the sub-20 team because it is valid for the qualifying rounds for the FIFA Sub-20 World Cup finals in Canada 2014.

With four players out sick, the game was off to a slow start in the first half with a 1-0 lead, Equatorial Guinea. However, things picked up in the second half when teammates Sabina and Susan scored three more goals, leaving Equatorial Guinea in the lead 4-0.

The next game for the women’s Nzalang will be in Malabo in two weeks.

The 8th CEMAC Cup

The football tournament will be held in Gabon from December 9 to December 21.

Competitors in the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) held a drawing ceremony on September 28th at the Friendship Stadium in Libreville in front of representatives of the States and the CEMAC Commission. Results of the draw are as follows: Group A will consist of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Cameroon and Group B will consist of Congo, Chad, and the Central African Republic. They reviewed the rules of the sub-regional competition at preparatory meetings held earlier this year. The tournament gives the National Nzalang an opportunity to recover from failing to qualify for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Equatorial Guinea to play against Kenya

The Equatorial Guinean national team, women’s under-17, is scheduled to play against the relatively unknown Kenyan team. The first leg will take place in Malabo on August 16th, the second in Nairobi on August 31st. Africa has three spots in the World Cup that will take place in March and April 2014 in Costa Rica; if the Women’s Nzalang is classified in this qualifying round, it will be very close to qualifying for the finals as the team would be placed in reserve for the second round. Nigeria and South Africa, both veterans in this competition, are already in reserve for this preliminary round. The first time the National Nzalang participated in the qualifying rounds for FIFA under-20 took place in 2011, but the team suffered two huge losses to Mali. Things are looking better for the Women’s Nzalang under their new Spanish-Argentine coach, Esteban Becker, who coached the main team in the most recent African Cup.

Equatorial Guinea Creates a National Indoor Soccer Team

Domingo Mituy Edjang, the President of the National Football Federation, assisted in the integration of two new players for the indoor soccer team of Equatorial Guinea while visiting Spain this week.

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.