Equatorial Guinea national football team
|Nickname(s)||Nzalang Nacional (National Thunder)|
|Association||Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol|
|Top scorer||Juvenal Edjogo (8)|
|Home stadium||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo|
|Current||143 2 (7 June 2018)|
|Highest||49 (February 2015)|
|Lowest||195 (December 1998)|
|Current||123 (6 May 2018)|
|Highest||107 (31 January 2015)|
|Lowest||187 (March 2003)|
China PR 6–2 Equatorial Guinea |
(China; 23 May 1975)
Equatorial Guinea 4–0 South Sudan |
(Malabo, Equatorial Guinea; 4 September 2016)
Congo 6–0 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.
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.
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.
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, and two new stadiums were built in Equatorial Guinea: Estadio de Bata in Bata and Nuevo Estadio de Malabo in Malabo.
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 on 21 January 2012 in the opening game of the tournament. An 87th-minute strike from former Real Madrid winger Javier Balboa earned the victory. In the next game, they secured the qualification for the quarter-finals by beating Senegal 2–1, and finished second in their group after losing 0–1 to Zambia. 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. 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.
Three years later, Equatorial Guinea organized solely the 2015 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, but on this occasion, it was to replace Morocco, which was the original host. In the opener, they drew 1–1 against Congo, with Emilio Nsue opening the scoring. In the second game, they managed to play 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 in order to successfully qualify for 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 the regular time, and the second was 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 rankings.
Naturalised players controversy
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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.
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. 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.
During the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa 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.
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.
Kit and colors
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. When Equatorial Guinea is away, they wear all white shirt with blue stripes.
- CEMAC Cup: 1
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
| 1930 to
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||2||5|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
| 1957 to
|Did not enter|
|1990||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1994||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not enter|
| 2002 to
|Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2019||To be determined|
|2021||To be determined|
|2023||To be determined|
Results and future fixtures
|30 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Equatorial Guinea||Cancelled||Congo||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|17:00 WAT||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
|12 August 2017 2018 CHANQ||Equatorial Guinea||Cancelled||Gabon||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|17:00 WAT||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Alhadi Mahamat (Chad)
|19 August 2017 2018 CHANQ||Gabon||Cancelled||Equatorial Guinea||Libreville, Gabon|
|17:00 WAT||Report||Stadium: Stade d'Angondjé
Referee: Lazard Tsiba (DR Congo)
|3 September 2017 Friendly||Equatorial Guinea||1–2||Benin||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Joaquín Elá (Equatorial Guinea)
Note: Match not recognized by FIFA as the referee was from Equatorial Guinea
|9 October 2017 Friendly||Equatorial Guinea||3–1||Mauritius||Bata, Equatorial Guinea|
||Stadium: Estadio de Bata
|15 January 2018 2018 ANC||Libya||3–0||Equatorial Guinea||Morocco|
|16:30 GMT||Report||Stadium: Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier
Referee: Mahamadou Keita (Mali)
|19 January 2018 2018 ANC||Rwanda||1–0||Equatorial Guinea||Morocco|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier
Referee: Daniel Laryea (Ghana)
|23 January 2018 2018 ANC||Equatorial Guinea||1–3||Nigeria||Morocco|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Adrar, Agadir
Referee: Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast)
|28 May 2018 Friendly||Kenya||1-0||Equatorial Guinea||Kenya|
Note: Match not recognized by FIFA as the referee was from Kenya
|6 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Equatorial Guinea||v||Sudan||Equatorial Guinea|
|9 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Equatorial Guinea||v||Madagascar||Equatorial Guinea|
|9 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Madagascar||v||Equatorial Guinea||Madagascar|
|15 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Equatorial Guinea||v||Senegal||Equatorial Guinea|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Felipe Ovono (captain)||26 July 1993||24||0||Mek'ele City|
|13||GK||Delfín Ross||22 February 1995||0||0||Sony de Elá Nguema|
|25||GK||Ivson||5 January 1987||4||0||Deportivo Niefang|
|2||DF||Federico Obama||4 February 2000||0||0||Atlético Madrid Juvenil A|
|3||DF||Cosme Cabeção||3 March 1990||5||0||Deportivo Unidad|
|4||DF||Rui||28 May 1985||28||1||Hibernians|
|15||DF||Esteban Obiang||1998||1||0||Betis B|
|18||DF||Luis Enrique Nsue||16 January 1998||0||0||Atlético Puertollano|
|20||DF||Mariano Ondo||29 June 1999||4||0||Shkupi|
|6||MF||Iban Salvador||11 December 1995||13||2||Celta B|
|7||MF||Benjamín Edú||13 March 1999||1||0||Rio Ave B|
|8||MF||Valeriano Nchama||18 June 1995||3||0||Montebelluna|
|10||MF||Federico Bikoro||17 March 1996||11||1||Lorca B|
|16||MF||Saúl Coco||9 February 1999||1||0||Espanyol B|
|22||MF||Pablo Ganet||4 November 1994||7||0||Ittihad Tanger|
|9||FW||Niko Kata||15 January 1993||3||0||Saguntino|
|11||FW||Basilio Ndong||17 January 1999||6||0||Shkupi|
|17||FW||Pedro Oba||18 May 1996||3||0||Deportivo Niefang|
|FW||Gorka Luariz||20 December 1992||0||0||Leioa|
The following players have been called up in the last 12 months.
- (RET) Retired from the national team
- (INJ) Injured
- (REJ) Rejected the call up
- Manuel Sanchís Martínez (1980)
- Julio Raúl González (1989–90)
- Pedro-Mabale Fuga Afang (199?–1998)
- Jesús Martín Dorta (1999)
- Jean-Jacques Dortas (1999)
- Raúl Eduardo Rodríguez (2000)
- Juan Carlos Bueriberi Echuaca (2000–200?)
- Francisco Nsi Nchama (2002)
- Jesús Martín Dorta (2003)
- Óscar Engonga (2003)
- Adel Amrouche (2004)
- Antônio Dumas (2004–2006)
- Quique Setién (2006)
- Jordan de Freitas (2007–2008)
- Vicente Engonga (2008–2009)
- Carlos Diarte (2009–2010)
- Casto Nopo (2010) caretaker
- Henri Michel (2010)
- Casto Nopo (2011) caretaker
- Gílson Paulo (2012)
- Andoni Goikoetxea (2013–2014)
- Esteban Becker (2015–2017)
- Casto Nopo (2017) caretaker
- Franck Dumas (2017-)
- Rodolfo Bodipo (2017-) local-based national team
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- "Africa Cup of Nations: Equatorial Guinea in quarters as Senegal crash out". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
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- "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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2013-06-17. (in Spanish)
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- "Benjamin convocado para a Seleção da Guiné Equatorial" (in Portuguese). Rio Ave. 16 May 2018.
- "Ibán Salvador recibe la llamada de Guinea Ecuatorial" (in Spanish). 18 May 2018.
- "Luariz vuelve a ser reclutado por Guinea Ecuatorial" (in Spanish). 18 May 2018.
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