Equatorial Guinea women's national football team

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Equatorial Guinea
Nickname(s) Nzalang Nacional
Association Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Spain Miguel Ángel Pozanco
Captain Genoveva Añonma
Most caps Genoveva Añonma (28)
Top scorer Genoveva Añonma (15)
FIFA code EQG
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 51 Steady (24 June 2016)
Highest 50 (September 2015)
Lowest 195 (December 1998)
First international
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 0–3 Gabon Gabon
(Equatorial Guinea; June 10, 2000)
Biggest win

Equatorial Guinea 11–0 Benin

Luxembourg Luxembourg 0–8 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(Hostert, Luxembourg; June 18, 2011)
Biggest defeat

Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 0–3 Gabon Gabon
(Equatorial Guinea; June 10, 2000)
Gabon Gabon 4–1 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(Gabon; June 24, 2000)

Angola Angola 3–0 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
(Angola; August 11, 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2011)
Best result Group Stage, (2011)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances 4 (First in 2006)
Best result Winners, (2008 & 2012)

The Equatorial Guinea women's national football team is the women's national team for Equatorial Guinea. Their nickname is the Nzalang Nacional.

They defeated South Africa 2–1 in an Olympic Games Qualifier on February 18, 2007, but lost the return leg 4–2. In the 2008 Women's African Football Championship (which they hosted), they went undefeated in Group A which featured Cameroon, Congo, and Mali. They defeated Nigeria 1–0 in the semifinal and went on to win the championship beating South Africa 2–1. They became the first nation other than Nigeria to win the Women's African Football Championship. They made their debut in an international tournament at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing all three of their group stage matches against Norway, Australia and Brazil.

Equatorial Guinea is the third women's team (out of five) from the Confederation of African Football to qualify for a FIFA Women's World Cup (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and Côte d'Ivoire being the others).[1]

Naturalised players controversy[edit]

Like the men's, Equatorial Guinea women's national team has courted controversy by recruiting foreign players and giving them citizenship despite having little or no ties to the country.

In women's case, the Equatoguinean Football Federation recruited players from Cameroon, Nigeria an Burkina Faso since 2006, from Brazil since 2008 and from another African countries since 2010. In recent years, some of the new recruited players (mainly from Nigeria) were renamed in the Equatoguinean passports they received, in an attempt by local authorities for they look like native Equatoguinean players, to the eyes of the referees.

Honours[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
France 2019 Banned - - - - - - -
Total 1/8 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympics record[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
United States 1996 Did Not Enter
Australia 2000 Did Not Enter
Greece 2004 Did Not Qualify
China 2008 Did Not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Disqualified[2]
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 Banned[3]
Total 0/6 0 0 0 0 0 0

Performance in Africa Women's Championship[edit]

Africa Women Cup of Nations
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter
1995 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1998 Did Not Enter
South Africa 2000 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 2002 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2004 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 2006 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 5 9
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Champions 5 5 0 0 11 4
South Africa 2010 Runners-Up 5 3 1 1 11 8
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Champions 5 5 0 0 18 0
Namibia 2014 Did Not Qualify
Cameroon 2016 Disqualified[4]
2018 Banned[4]
2020 Banned[4]
Total 2 Titles 18 13 2 3 45 21

Current Squad[edit]

The following players were called for two 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifying matches against Mali in April 2016.[5]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Miriam Silva da Paixão (1982-02-25) 25 February 1982 (age 34) Brazil São Francisco Futebol Clube
13 1GK Dida (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 25) Iceland UMF Tindastóll
1GK Ruth Sunday[a] (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 30) Nigeria Confluence Queens

2 2DF Adriana Parente (1980-04-14) 14 April 1980 (age 36) Brazil Minas/Icesp
3 2DF Ghyslaine Salomé Nke Noah Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso
4 2DF Carol Carioca (1983-02-18) 18 February 1983 (age 33) Brazil SE União
16 2DF Dúlcia Maria Davi (1982-01-18) 18 January 1982 (age 34) Brazil Vitória das Tabocas
17 2DF Oluwatobiloba Windapo[b] (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 30) Nigeria Confluence Queens
2DF Uzoamaka Igwe[c] Nigeria Bayelsa Queens

5 3MF Annette Jacky Messomo (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 23) Kazakhstan BIIK Kazygurt
6 3MF Vânia Cristina Martins (1980-11-09) 9 November 1980 (age 35) Spain Santa Teresa CD
9 3MF Dorine Chuigoué (1988-12-29) 29 December 1988 (age 27) Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso
11 3MF Camila NobreSUS (1988-06-10) 10 June 1988 (age 28) Brazil São José
14 3MF Jumária Barbosa de Santana (1979-05-08) 8 May 1979 (age 37) Brazil São Francisco Futebol Clube
15 3MF Gloria Chinasa (1987-12-08) 8 December 1987 (age 28) Equatorial Guinea Inter Continental

8 4FW Jade Boho (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 30) England Reading
10 4FW Genoveva Añonma RET (captain) (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 27) South Korea Suwon FMC
18 4FW Adriana Tiga (1983-04-16) 16 April 1983 (age 33) Brazil SE União

7 Muriellynda Mendoua Abossolo Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso
12 Esperanza Mbang Mba Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso
19 Olivia Katsongo Nikieni Equatorial Guinea Inter Continental
20 Elena Obono Ncuadum Oyana Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Bomudy
Victoria Santo Besopo Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola
Notes

SUS Player suspended by FIFA for 10 matches. RET Retired from national team.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ She plays as Lucia Andeme Micha Mbengono
  2. ^ She plays as Susana Angono Ondo Oyana
  3. ^ She plays as Rita Andeme Obiang

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
2006 Nigeria 
African Women's Champions
2008 (First title)
Succeeded by
2010 Nigeria 
Preceded by
2010 Nigeria 
African Women's Champions
2012 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2014 Nigeria