Equatorial Guinea national football team
|Nickname(s)||Nzalang Nacional (National Thunder)|
|Association||Equatoguinean Football Federation|
|Head coach||Sébastien Migné|
|Most caps||Juvenal (39)|
|Top scorer||Emilio Nsue (11)|
|Home stadium||Estadio de Malabo|
|Current||145 10 (28 November 2019)|
|Highest||49 (February 2015)|
|Lowest||195 (December 1998)|
|Current||132 6 (25 November 2019)|
|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, represents Equatorial Guinea in international football and is controlled by the Equatoguinean Football Federation, a member of the 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Naturalised players controversy
- 3 Home stadium
- 4 Kit and colors
- 5 Achievements
- 6 Results and future fixtures
- 7 Players
- 8 Coaches
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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, the Equatoguinean Football Federation, along with the Gabonese Football Federation, 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 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 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, in the series played against Mauritania, the Nzalang Nacional lost 1–0 away and won 3–0 in Malabo, qualifying to the next round to face Uganda. However, the Mauritanian Football Federation Submitted a complaint to CAF about the inclusion of ineligible players by Equatorial Guinea (Some with fake 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 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|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957 to 1968||Part of Spain|
|1970 to 1986||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1990||Did not qualify|
|1992 to 1994||Did not enter|
|1998 to 2000||Did not enter|
|2002 to 2010||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2017 to 2019||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
African Nations Championship record
|African Nations Championship|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2020||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
Results and future fixtures
|22 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Sudan||1–4||Equatorial Guinea||Omdurman, Sudan|
||Report||Stadium: Al-Hilal Stadium|
Referee: Sékou Ahmed Touré (Guinea)
|25 March 2019 Friendly||Saudi Arabia||3–2||Equatorial Guinea||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|18:45 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium|
Referee: Abdullah Jamali (Kuwait)
|21 July 2019 Friendly||Equatorial Guinea||1–1||Liberia||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio de Malabo|
|28 July 2019 2020 ANC Q.||Chad||3–3||Equatorial Guinea||N'Djamena, Chad|
|15:30 UTC+1||Makine 17'
|Report||Luis Miguel 3'
|Stadium: Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya|
|4 August 2019 2020 ANC Q.||Equatorial Guinea||2–1||Chad||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|--:-- UTC+1||Celesdonio 2'
Luis Miguel 63'
|4 September 2019 2022 FIFA WCQ||South Sudan||1–1||Equatorial Guinea||Omdurman, Sudan|
|16:00 UTC+2||Kata 75' (o.g.)||Report (FIFA)||Meseguer 34'||Stadium: Al-Hilal Stadium|
Referee: Abdulwahid Huraywidah (Libya)
|Note: South Sudan played their home match this round in Sudan due to their national stadium undergoing renovations.|
|8 September 2019 2022 FIFA WCQ||Equatorial Guinea||1–0|
|South Sudan||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|17:00 UTC+1||Nsue 72'||Report (FIFA)||Stadium: Estadio de Malabo|
Referee: Mahmood Ali Ismail (Sudan)
|22 September 2019 2020 ANC Q.||Equatorial Guinea||2–2||Congo||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio de Malabo|
|13 October 2019 Friendly||Equatorial Guinea||1–1||Togo||Mallemort, France|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan|
Referee: Sylvain Palhies (France)
|20 October 2019 2020 ANC Q.||Congo||1–0|
|Equatorial Guinea||Republic of the Congo|
|16:00 UTC+1||Bakoua 74'|
|15 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Tanzania||2–1||Equatorial Guinea||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
||Stadium: National Stadium|
|19 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Equatorial Guinea||0–1||Tunisia||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
||Stadium: Estadio de Malabo|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Felipe Ovono||26 July 1993||40||0||Mekelle 70 Enderta|
|13||GK||Aitor Embela||17 April 1996||5||0||Figueres|
|30||GK||Jesús Owono||1 March 2001||1||0||San Ignacio|
|2||DF||Jorge Akapo||21 November 1992||2||0||Deportivo Unidad|
|3||DF||Igor Engonga||4 January 1995||22||1||Doxa Drama|
|5||DF||Marvin Anieboh||26 August 1997||1||0||Alcorcón B|
|7||DF||Rubén Belima||11 February 1992||21||0||Estoril|
|11||DF||Basilio Ndong||17 January 1999||15||0||Shkupi|
|12||DF||Miguel Ángel Nzang||27 July 1990||7||0||Deportivo Niefang|
|16||DF||Saúl Coco||9 February 1999||5||0||Las Palmas C|
|21||DF||Esteban Obiang||7 May 1998||4||0||Sant Rafel|
|DF||Vicente Asumu||30 October 2002||2||0||Cano Sport|
|4||MF||Federico Bikoro||17 March 1996||22||1||Zaragoza|
|6||MF||José Machín||14 August 1996||8||0||Pescara|
|8||MF||Pedro Obiang||27 March 1992||7||2||Sassuolo|
|9||MF||Nico Kata||15 January 1993||13||0||Real Unión|
|10||MF||Emilio Nsué (C)||30 September 1989||23||11||Apollon|
|14||MF||Kike Boula||17 July 1993||29||0||Ermis|
|20||MF||Jannick Buyla||6 October 1998||3||0||Zaragoza B|
|22||MF||Pablo Ganet||4 November 1994||19||2||Algeciras|
|17||FW||José Boacho||22 July 1998||17||1||Getafe B|
|18||FW||Jordan Nsang||8 July 1998||6||0||Peña Deportiva|
|19||FW||Pedro Oba||18 May 1996||8||1||Futuro Kings|
|23||FW||Joanet Elo||1 March 1999||0||0||Lleida Esportiu|
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||Marcos Ondo||13 August 2000||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Togo, 13 October 2019|
|GK||Leopoldo Kofi||17 April 2002||0||0||Deportivo Niefang||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|GK||Santos Moro||0||0||Estrella Roja||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|GK||Nasty||17 August 1999||2||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|DF||Carlos Akapo||12 March 1993||14||1||Cádiz||v. Tanzania, 15 November 2019|
|DF||Luis Meseguer||7 September 1999||6||1||Rayo Vallecano B||v. Tanzania, 15 November 2019 REJ|
|DF||Miguel Boriba||14 May 1990||7||0||Carabanchel||v. Togo, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Sergio Akieme||16 December 1997||0||0||Barcelona B||v. Togo, 13 October 2019 PRE|
|DF||Diosdado Mbele||8 April 1997||30||0||Akonangui||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|DF||Cosme||3 March 1990||7||0||Deportivo Unidad||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|DF||Juan Mbo||13 September 1991||1||0||Futuro Kings||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|DF||Marcelo Asumu||16 January 1992||0||0||Deportivo Unidad||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|DF||José Ondo||0||0||San Pablo de Nsork||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|DF||Mariano Ondo||29 June 1999||4||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|DF||Ernesto Montero||17 April 1998||2||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|DF||Jorge Mosera||28 May 2002||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|DF||Pablo Edú||21 September 2003||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|DF||Demetrio Abaga||0||0||The Panthers||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|DF||Gabriel Edú||5 August 2001||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|DF||Antonio Mekina||17 November 1997||0||0||Sony de Elá Nguema||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|DF||Luis Enrique Nsue||16 January 1998||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|DF||Patricio Ovono||0||0||Akonangui||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|DF||Ildefonso||30 September 1995||0||0||Leones Vegetarianos||v. Senegal, 17 November 2018|
|MF||Santiago Eneme||29 September 2000||7||0||Nantes (res)||v. Togo, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Carlos Briones||18 February 1990||0||0||Boca Gibraltar||v. Togo, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Christian Obiang||8 October 1999||0||0||Alcorcón B||v. Togo, 13 October 2019 PRE|
|MF||James Davis||5 July 1995||5||0||Atlético Saguntino||v. Togo, 13 October 2019 PRE|
|MF||Deogracias Biribé||27 March 1997||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|MF||Jesús Mansogo||16 October 1998||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|MF||José Fidel Sipi||7 January 2001||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|MF||Juan Pastor Mbo||0||0||Fundación Bata||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|MF||Martín Nguema||26 August 1997||0||0||Leones Vegetarianos||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|MF||Gerardo Dougan||5 October 2002||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|MF||José Nze||3 April 1992||0||0||Futuro Kings||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|MF||Domingo Ondo||0||0||Deportivo Unidad||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|MF||Sergi Perelló||16 December 1996||0||0||Doxa Drama||v. Saudi Arabia, 22 March 2019|
|FW||Iban Salvador||11 December 1995||21||2||Fuenlabrada||v. Tanzania, 15 November 2019 INJ|
|FW||Celesdonio Abeso||15 August 1998||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Togo, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Ismael Lohoba||13 March 1999||0||0||Villarrobledo||v. Togo, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Pablo Sopale||25 July 2001||0||0||Alcorcón Juvenil A||v. Togo, 13 October 2019 PRE|
|FW||José Ángel Efa||29 January 1992||1||1||Leones Vegetarianos||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|FW||Benjamín Edú||13 March 1999||1||0||Cano Sport||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|FW||José Fabio Micha||20 June 1994||1||0||Futuro Kings||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|FW||Cristóbal Mikó||14 August 2000||0||0||Fundación Bata||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|FW||José Manuel Obono||0||0||Futuro Kings||v. Congo, 22 September 2019|
|FW||Luis Miguel Nlavo||30 November 2002||2||2||Braga Juniors||v. South Sudan, 4 September 2019 REJ|
|FW||Roben Obama||21 June 1993||2||0||Akonangui||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|FW||Gustavo Eneme||9 November 2002||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|FW||Silvestre Mba||17 April 1988||0||0||Leones Vegetarianos||v. Chad, 4 August 2019|
|FW||Simón Mageda||0||0||San Pablo de Nsork||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|FW||Acasio Obama||0||0||Santa María||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|FW||Pedro José Obiang||13 May 2003||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|FW||Francisco Robema||18 December 2003||0||0||Cano Sport||v. Liberia, 21 July 2019 PRE|
|FW||Salomón Obama||4 February 2000||3||0||Mérida||v. Senegal, 17 November 2018|
|FW||Wenceslao Afugu||16 September 1992||1||0||Akonangui||v. Senegal, 17 November 2018|
- (PRE) Preliminary squad
- (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 (2017-2018)
- Rodolfo Bodipo (2017-2018) local-based national team
- Casto Nopo (2018) caretaker
- Ángel López (2018–2019)
- Casto Nopo (2019) caretaker
- Antonio Pancho (2019) local-based national team
- Felipe Esono (2019)
- Dani Guindos (2019–)
- Libya will play their home matches outside Libya due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war.
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