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 Daniel Lola (interim)
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 55 Decrease 2 (23 March 2018)
Highest 50 (September 2015, December 2016–March 2017)
Lowest 195 (December 1998)
First international
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 0–3 Gabon Gabon
(Equatorial Guinea; June 10, 2000)
Biggest win
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]

Simporés' gender case[edit]

Between 2006 and 2010, Bilguissa and Salimata Simporé, a sibling duo from Burkina Faso, used to play for Equatorial Guinea - the first as a central defender and the latter as a centre forward. Beyond the mechanism by which they were naturalized, the main controversy arose regarding whether they were actually two men. They had integrated the Equatorial Guinea's squads that won the 2008 African Women's Championship and reached the second place in the 2010 African Women's Championship, which allowed Equatorial Guinea to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Around April 2011, they were removed from national team by the Italian-born Brazilian coach Marcelo Frigerio, who had recently assumed, just a few months before participating in the World Cup. Since then, the Simporé siblings never were called-up. In 2015, Frigerio, now a former national team coach, told the Brazilian press they are in fact men.[2]

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[3] - - - - - - -
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[4]
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 Banned[5]
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[6]
Ghana 2018 Qualified
2020 Banned[6]
Total 2 Titles 18 13 2 3 45 21

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The next are some of the players who were called up for two 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Kenya in June 2018.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dolores Hernández (2001-10-24) 24 October 2001 (age 16)
13 1GK Diana (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 31) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
25 1GK Lucrecia Bobuiche (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola

2 2DF Avelina Abang 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos
3 2DF Salomé Nke (1989-06-08) 8 June 1989 (age 29) Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
4 2DF Esperanza Mbang (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
12 2DF Fadimatou Nsongone (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 19)
19 2DF Cecilia Akeng (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas del Sur
20 2DF Maricruz Mangue 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
21 2DF Lætitia Chapeh (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 31) France Lille

5 3MF Annette Messomo (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 25) Kazakhstan BIIK Kazygurt
9 3MF Dorine Chuigoué (1988-12-29) 29 December 1988 (age 29) Serbia Spartak Subotica
14 3MF Ramona Mibuy 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos
15 3MF Chinasa Okoro (1987-12-08) 8 December 1987 (age 30) France Rouen
16 3MF Mayka (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 31) 1 0 Spain EMF Fuensalida

8 4FW Jade (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 31) 17 Spain Madrid CFF
10 4FW Genoveva Añonman (captain) (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 29) 24 Germany MSV Duisburg
11 4FW Luz Milagrosa Obono (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos
4FW Blessing Diala (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 28) Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Evinayong
4FW Anais Bokoka (1995-06-03) 3 June 1995 (age 23) 1 1 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
4FW Nove (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Spain EUD LP Llamoro

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
DF Leocadia Nchama (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Evinayong vs.  Comoros on 26 November 2017

MF Nuria Baita (1999-06-07) 7 June 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola vs.  Comoros on 26 November 2017
MF Elena Obono (1999-11-13) 13 November 1999 (age 18) Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Bomudi vs.  Comoros on 26 November 2017
MF Teodora Borico Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola vs.  Comoros on 26 November 2017

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Equatorial Guinea lift AWC trophy". BBC News. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  2. ^ De Matos, José Edgar; Bianchini, Vladimir (11 September 2015). "Técnico do São Paulo conta como barrou dois homens em seleção feminina às vésperas de Copa" [São Paulo coach tells how he banned two men in women's national team on the World Cup eve] (in Portuguese). ESPN. Retrieved 29 October 2016. Before taking the national team, I searched on the internet and I saw there was a charge that, in the African Cup of Nations, two players of the national team would be actually men. It would be a worldwide scandal I had no idea until then. I asked for the two twin sisters, who had not been presented and who were with the men's Olympic team, concentrated in a hotel. Then came two guys and they prodded me: "These are the two sisters". I replied, "You are joking, they are men". Then they trained and I asked the doctor to examine them, because I was sure that they were men. He was there and he found that they were men. Even they had been champions of the African Cup and everything else. At the time, I asked to send them back to Burkina Faso - they were naturalized - and to talk that one of them had hurt the knee and the other sister had gone along because she did not want to stay away. I cut the duo from the national team, as everyone expected their presence. When (this situation) arrived at the time of the interview, I needed to talk about that. 
  3. ^ "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "E. Guinea women's team disqualified from Olympics". Usatoday.Com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Equatorial Guinea expelled from Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2020". FIFA.com. 11 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Equatorial Guinea disqualified, Mali in". CAF. 4 August 2016. 
  7. ^ @EUDLlamoro (25 May 2018). "Nove (Féminas) con la Selección Nacional Femenina de la República de Guinea Ecuatorial. Nuestra jugadora viajará a Malabo para concentrarse con su Selección y disputar la segunda ronda de clasificación para la 11th total women´s Ghana 2018 ....(1)" (Tweet). Retrieved 25 May 2018 – via Twitter. 

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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