Equatorial Guinea national football team

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Equatorial Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Nzalang Nacional (National Thunder)
Association Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Emilio Nsue
Home stadium Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
FIFA code EQG
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 133 Increase 2 (16 October 2017)
Highest 49 (February 2015)
Lowest 195 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 119 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 107 (31 January 2015)
Lowest

187 (March 2003

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First international
 China PR 6–2 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(China; 23 May 1975)
Biggest win
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 4–0 South Sudan 
(Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; 4 September 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 6–0 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(Congo; 13 December 1990)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 2 (first in 2012)
Best result Fourth place, 2015

The Equatorial Guinea national football team, nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, is the national team of Equatorial Guinea and is controlled by the Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol. It is a member of Confederation of African Football (CAF). Though Equatorial Guinea has traditionally been one of the lowest ranked teams in Africa, the recent influx of Spanish-born players of Equatoguinean heritage has strengthened the national team and resulted in some solid performances. They qualified as co-hosts for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. The hosting of the tournament lead to the construction of two new football stadia in the country: Estadio de Bata in Bata on the mainland, and Estadio de Malabo in Malabo. The national team managed a creditable fourth place at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which was held in Equatorial Guinea.

History[edit]

Equatorial Guinea played its first match on 23 May 1975 against China in a friendly, losing 6−2. They did not play another game until entering the 1985 UDEAC Cup in December 1985. They were drawn in a group against the hosts Congo and Central African Republic. They lost 5−0 to the Congo on 9 December and then earned their first draw by drawing 1−1 against the Central African Republic on 14 December. On 16 December, they played a play-off for fifth place against Chad, and lost 3−2 on penalties after a 1−1 draw.[1]

Equatorial Guinea would come in fourth in the 1987 UDEAC Cup, losing on penalties in the third place match to Gabon, even though they only scored one goal throughout the tournament in a 1−1 draw against Chad. They also drew 0−0 against Cameroon. On their next attempt, they got sixth place after losing on penalties against the Central African Republic. The next time Equatorial Guinea played the Central African Republic, in 1999, they won, 4–2. It was Equatorial Guinea's first win.[1]

In the late 2000s, their Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol, along with the Fédération Gabonaise de Football, announced a bid to host the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, against bids from other African nations including Angola, Libya and Nigeria. Equatorial Guinea and Gabon won the right to host the games,[2] and two new stadiums were built in Equatorial Guinea: Estadio de Bata in Bata and Nuevo Estadio de Malabo in Malabo.[3]

The first game in the 2012 African Cup of Nations was Equatorial Guinea's first in a major international tournament, and resulted in a historic 1–0 win over Libya 21 January 2012 in the opening game of the tournament. An 87th-minute strike from former Real Madrid winger Javier Balboa earned the victory.[4] In the next game, they secured qualification to the quarter-finals by beating Senegal 2–1,[5] and finished second in their group after losing 0–1 to Zambia.[6] They progressed to the quarter finals where they were eliminated by the tournament's runners-up Ivory Coast after losing to The Elephants 3–0 thanks to goals from Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré.[7] Various national side players were praised due to their performances in the tournament, including Javier Balboa, Randy, Ben Konaté and Rui, the latter a part of the Team of the Tournament.[8]

Three years later, Equatorial Guinea organized again African Cup of Nations. On this occasion, to replace Morocco, which was the original host. In the opener, drew 1–1 against Congo, with Emilio Nsue opening the scoring. In the second game, they responded by playing out a 0–0 draw with Burkina Faso, the runners-up of the previous edition. With these two results, the Nzalang Nacional had to win against its classic rival Gabon in the third match to obtain the qualification to the quarter-finals. Equatorial Guinea won 2–0 with goals from Javier Balboa (a penalty kick) and Ibán. As Group A's runner-up, the Equatoguinean national team then defeated Tunisia 2–1 with two goals from Balboa, the first being a penalty kick in the final moments of regular time and the second in extra time. In the semi-final, however, they lost 0–3 to Ghana, and in the match for third place, drew 0–0 against DR Congo, ultimately losing 2–4 on penalties. The country finished the tournament in fourth place, being its best international participation to date and helping it reach a historical 49th position in the FIFA World Rankings.

Naturalised players controversy[edit]

In recent years, Equatorial Guinea has courted controversy by recruiting foreign players and giving them citizenship despite having little or no ties to the country. In 2009, South African journalist and FIFA archivist Mark Gleeson wrote that it was undermining the integrity of African football.[9]

In late 2005, and at the request of Ruslán Obiang Nsue, a son of President Teodoro Obiang, Brazilian coach Antônio Dumas recruited several Brazilian players to represent the Equatorial Guinea but the CAF and FIFA turned a blind eye, despite complaints from other nations.

In 2012, having lost the first leg of a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification round 4–0 to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea recruited nine Brazilian players to help overturn the deficit for the second leg. The team did manage to win the match 2–1, but it was not enough to overturn the aggregate and Equatorial Guinea were eliminated from the tournament. DR Congo head coach Claude Le Roy complained that the Equatorial Guinea were acting like the "United Nations of football".

Before the arrival of new coach Andoni Goikoetxea to Malabo, in March 2013, the Equatoguinean board made the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Cape Verde and again called-up nine Brazilian players.[10] In May 2013, they joined Colombian-born, Ecuadorian-based Jimmy Bermúdez, to who was going to pay him €3,000 for each match he plays.[11]

During qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, in the series played against Mauritania, the nation lost 1–0 away and won 3–0 in Malabo as hosts, sorting to the next round to face Uganda. However, the Mauritanian Football Federation demanded, before the CAF, for the inclusion of ineligible players to play with Nzalang Nacional (Some with passports and false names), resulting in the expulsion of the Equatorial Guinean team, based on the particular situation of Thierry Fidjeu, while the cases of the other players remained under investigation.

Home stadium[edit]

Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

Equatorial Guinea's home stadium is Nuevo Estadio de Malabo in Malabo. It can hold up to 15,250 people. Equatorial Guinea played there when they hosted the 2012 African Cup of Nations During their participation in the tournament, they played in this stadium against eventual winners Zambia and runners-up the Ivory Coast. During the national side's participation in the 2012 African Cup of Nations, they also played in the newly constructed Estadio de Bata, in which they played and won both their games in the stadium against Libya and Senegal.[3]

Kit and colors[edit]

Equatorial Guinea wears a red and white uniform. The kit manufacturer is Adidas. When they play in Equatorial Guinea, they wear a solid red jersey and matching shorts with white stripes. The number, FEGUIFUT logo, and Adidas logo are located on the chest. The socks are red with white at the top.[12] When Equatorial Guinea is away, they wear all white shirt with blue stripes.

Achievements[edit]

2006

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 to
Egypt 1986
Did Not Enter
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Did Not Qualify
Senegal 1992 Did Not Enter
Tunisia 1994 Did Not Enter
South Africa 1996 Withdrew
Burkina Faso 1998 Did Not Enter
GhanaNigeria 2000 Did Not Enter
Mali 2002 to
Angola 2010
Did Not Qualify
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 0 2 3 5
South Africa 2013 Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 5 5
Gabon 2017 Did Not Qualify

Results and future fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a friendly match against Mauritius on 9 October 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of 9 October 2017 after the match against Mauritius.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Cambio (1998-07-08) 8 July 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Fundación Bata
13 1GK José Ángel Napi (1992-03-24) 24 March 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Free agent
1GK Pascasio Ovono (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Sony de Elá Nguema

2 2DF Mariano 1999 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport
3 2DF Cosme (1990-03-03) 3 March 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Unidad
4 2DF Rui (1985-05-28) 28 May 1985 (age 32) 28 1 Malta Hibernians
5 2DF Diosdado Mbele (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 20) 16 0 Finland Kajaani
12 2DF Fede (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 17) 0 0 Spain Atlético Madrileño Juvenil
15 2DF Esteban Obiang 1998 1 0 Spain Betis Deportivo
2DF Rubén Belima (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 25) 11 0 Portugal Leixões
2DF Jimmy Bermúdez (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 29) 5 1 Colombia Rionegro Águilas

6 3MF Valeriano Nchama (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Montebelluna
8 3MF Federico Bikoro (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 21) 11 1 Spain S.S. de los Reyes
10 3MF Emilio Nsue (captain) (1989-09-30) 30 September 1989 (age 28) 15 5 England Birmingham City
11 3MF Basilio (1999-01-17) 17 January 1999 (age 18) 3 0 Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport
14 3MF Saúl Coco (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Spain Espanyol Juvenil A
16 3MF Cielo (1997-07-06) 6 July 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Spain Extremadura B
17 3MF Benjamín (1999-03-13) 13 March 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Portugal Rio Ave Juniors
22 3MF Pablo Ganet (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Spain Algeciras
3MF Papa (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport

7 4FW Jordan (1998-07-08) 8 July 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Spain Espanyol B
9 4FW Niko Kata (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Spain Atlético Saguntino
18 4FW Isma (1999-03-13) 13 March 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Spain Real Madrid Juvenil A
19 4FW Pedro Asumu (1996-05-18) 18 May 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Futuro Mongomo
4FW Wenceslao Nkogo (1992-09-16) 16 September 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Spain Real Burgos

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Felipe Ovono (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 24) 24 0 Ethiopia Mek'ele City v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
GK Aitor Embela (1996-04-17) 17 April 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Jumilla v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017

DF Roque Hanza 0 0 England West Ham United Academy v.  Benin, 3 September 2017
DF Randy (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 30) 34 4 Greece Sparta v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
DF Eloy (1985-03-16) 16 March 1985 (age 32) 3 0 Spain Parla Escuela v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
DF Santos (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017

MF Dio (1986-09-26) 26 September 1986 (age 31) 6 1 Brazil Bahia de Feira v.  Benin, 3 September 2017
MF Joaquín Obama 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos v.  Benin, 3 September 2017
MF Dalin 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport v.  Benin, 3 September 2017
MF Isidoro Ntutumu 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrella Roja v.  Benin, 3 September 2017
MF Marcelo (1991-08-14) 14 August 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Unidad v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
MF Pepín (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Brescia v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
MF Viera Ellong (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 30) 26 2 Greece Kerkyra v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
MF Iván Zarandona (1980-08-30) 30 August 1980 (age 37) 31 1 Spain Tropezón v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017

FW Amor 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Cano Sport v.  Benin, 3 September 2017
FW Javier Balboa (1985-05-13) 13 May 1985 (age 32) 26 5 Qatar Mesaimeer v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
FW Iván Bolado (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 28) 11 1 Spain Rayo Cantabria v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
FW Kike (1993-07-17) 17 July 1993 (age 24) 18 0 Greece Xanthi v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
FW Josete Miranda (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 19) 8 1 Spain Getafe B v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017
FW Papi (1983-03-05) 5 March 1983 (age 34) 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Sony de Elá Nguema v.  Senegal, 10 June 2017

Notes:

  • (RET) Retired from the national team
  • (INJ) Injured

Coaches[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Equatorial Guinea - List of International Matches". 5 June 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Angola to host 2010 Nations Cup". BBC Sport. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Nuevo Estadio de Malabo". Stadium Guide. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Balboa dá vitória à Guiné Equatorial" [Balboa gives the victory to Equatorial Guinea]. A Bola. abola.pt. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ BBC Sport – Africa Cup of Nations: Equatorial Guinea in quarters as Senegal crash out 25 January 2012. Accessed 1 February 2011
  6. ^ BBC Sport – Africa Cup of Nations: Zambia book quarter-final slot 29 January 2012. Accessed 1 February 2011
  7. ^ Ivory Coast 3 - 0 Equatorial Guinea 4 February 2012. Accessed 14 February 2011
  8. ^ Orange CAN 2012 Best XI 12 February 2012. Accessed 14 February 2011
  9. ^ "African football’s integrity is undermined, by Mark Gleeson". WorldSoccer.com. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Volante Neto é convocado pela Seleção de Guiné Equatorial" [Midfielder Neto is called for the national team of Equatorial Guinea] (in Portuguese). Barretos Esporte Clube. 10 March 2013. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2013-06-17.  (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Equatorial Guinea ANC Puma Home Shirt 2012". Football Shirts. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 

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