Surprises in the second round of the Football League

March 23rd , 2015 → 11:57 am @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com – March 23, 2015

The second round of the national football championship concluded on Sunday, in the island region and in the mainland. No fewer than 17 goals were scored in the stadiums of both areas.

Insular Region

The main feature of the second round of the championship in the island region was the 5-1 landslide, suffered by The Panthers against Sony Ela Nguema. Although the Panthers played a good match on the first day, Sunday, March 22, it received this major defeat with highest landslide recorded since the league started. Thanks to this result the Sony Ela Nguema takes the lead.

Results in the Insular Region:

In the Sampaka Stadium, the Atletico Semu against Deportivo Unidad (1-1)
In Luba, San Pablo of Nsork against Leones Vegetarianos (1-2)
At the La Paz Stadium, The Panther against Sony Ela Nguema (1-5)

Región Continental

In the Manuel Enguru Ondo Stadium of  Ebebiyin, the provincial derby of Kie-Ntem between the red team of Akonangui Fútbol Club and its neighbor, the Racing of Micomeseng, resulted in the victory of 2-1 in favor of the Racing.

Results in the Continental Region:

At the Stadium of Alep, the Quince de Agosto of Akonibe against  A. D. Mongomo (0-0)
In the Municipal Stadium of Mbini, Deportivo Mongomo against Dragon Football Club (2-2)
In the  Manuel Enguru Ondo Stadium of  Ebebiyin, the Akonangui Football Club against Racing de Micomeseng (1-2)

Text: David Monsuy Senior (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Equatorial Guinea captain Juvenal retires from international football

February 19th , 2015 → 12:47 pm @

posted by: equatorialguineaonline.com February 19th, 2015

The Santa Colama midfielder has revealed he is quitting the national team to give room for younger players following his side’s Afcon 2015 fourth place finish

Equatorial Guinea skipper Juvenal Edjogo Owono Montalban has announced his decision to retire from international football at the age of 35.

Juvenal played a bit part role in the Nzalang Nacional’s fourth placing at the tournament they hosted, announced his retirement after the tournament, bringing an end to a career that lasted 12 years.

“After twelve (12) years of defending the colours of Equatorial Guinea, I want to announce that I have completed my time at the Nzalang Nacional,”www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

“Playing for my national team has been a very important part of my career and it is time to make way for younger players.

“Since 11 October2003, when I debuted at the historic Equatorial Guinea-Togo match, I have been proud to play with Equatorial Guinea on 67 occasions, 62 of them as a starter, the last in the match against DR Congo.

“In these years I have shared a dressing room with teammates and coaches, whom I want to thank for their support in difficult times and collaboration in obtaining together the greatest successes of the national team’s history.

“In the CAN 2012 we achieved a meritorious pass from the group stage in our first participation in an Africa Cup of Nations, and in the recent CAN 2015 we obtained a historic fourth place, eliminating premier teams such as Burkina Faso, Gabon and Tunisia.

And he added “Now it’s time to step aside and allow other players to take over. I am confident that they will continue the work I begun and will continue the successes that the national team and the country deserve.

“For me it has been an honour and pride to represent my country, and I’ve enjoyed every minute I have defended the shirt of the Nzalang Nacional.

“Here ends a stage in my life, but Equatorial Guinea and the national team will always have me at their disposal for whatever they need.

“Finally I want to specially thank the fans of Equatorial Guinea, with whom I have shared these wonderful years. That red tide has always shown me its highest admiration and respect. I received their affection with gratitude, and their cheers were an additional motivation giving all my effort in search of victory.”

The Spanish-born player made 67 appearances and six goals since making his debut in 2003. His entire career had been in Spain where featured for the likes of Espanyol, Levante, Racing Santander, CD Castellon, Deportivo Alaves, Recreativo de Huelva, Tenerife and Sabadell, before moving to Andorra in 2014.

BonanzaWin 

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Ivory Coast, champion of the CAN 2015

February 9th , 2015 → 12:52 pm @

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The Elephants of Ivory coast were proclaimed champions of the African Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015, after winning in the penalty shootout over the team from Ghana. H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was in charge of delivering the trophy to the Ivorian captain, Yaya Toure.

The match began with domination by the team from Ivory Coast and one of its stars, Gervinho, made the first opportunities to open the scoreboard. Ghana was entering in play and had the best opportunity of the first half, when Atsu launched a hard shot that hit the post of the goal defended by Barry Copa.

Ten minutes afterwards it was the Ghanaians who again had a good chance, when the ball centered by the forward Ayew hit the exterior of the post. The match entered in a phase in which the play in the mid-zone of the field prevailed, and no clear opportunities to score were produced.

Ayew and Gyan directed the pace of the Ghanaian team, while Gradel was the one who took command in Ivorian team, since Gervinho and Bony were well controlled by the Ghanaian defense.

In the second half, the intensity of this African Cup of Nations was noted and the two teams lowered the pace. The selection of Avram Gran dominated the play and had a good opportunity in the launching of the foul by Wakaso, which brushed the post.

At 80 minutes the Ivorian players were the ones that had an opportunity, but the Ghanaian goalkeeper, Brimah, avoided the goal with a good intervention. Thus the end of the match was reached with the initial 0-0. The extra time did not accomplish anything and the Ghanaian again had a double opportunity, but were incapable of materializing it.

And the penalty shootout arrived, which required twenty-two shots. The next to the last, made by Brimah, was stopped by Barry Copa, who then kicked and made the definitive goal. The Elephants of Ivory Coast were therefore proclaimed the winners of the tournament, second African Cup of their history.

Next, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo delivered the trophy to the captain Yaya Toure. The players were then photographed with the cup and celebrated their triumph with the fans present in the stadium.

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CAN 2015: Ivory Coast and Ghana go to semifinals

February 3rd , 2015 → 12:13 pm @

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The national teams of Ivory Coast and Ghana have qualified for the semifinals of the African Cup of Nations after winning 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, against Guinea Conakry and Algeria.

In the first match of the afternoon, played at the New Stadium of Malabo, the Black Stars of Ghana comfortably overcame the national team of Guinea Conakry by a hefty 3-0.

The first goal came from a mistake by the Guinean defense, which was used effectively by Christian Atsu. The entire first half continued with the dominance of Ghana until at half-time, when they scored a new goal thanks to the player Appiah, who took advantage of a mistake by Sankoh.

The second half continued with the dominance of the Black Stars, who controlled the midfield with Wakasa and Acquah, and finished off the match with a goal by Atsu. The goalkeeper of Guinea Conakry, Yattara, was expelled with a direct red card for a very rough attack on the striker Asamoah Gyan.

With this classification, the team from Ghana will have to play the match against Equatorial Guinea to reach the final, next Thursday, in the New Stadium of Malabo.

In the other match of the day, Algeria, who started as the favorite of the African Cup of Nations, fell on Sunday night, February 1, also at the capital’s stadium, before the Ivorian Elephants by 3-1.

The first goal of the night was scored in the 27th minute, a header by Wilfred Bony assisted by Max Gradel. The Elephants of Ivory Coast dominated the game and went to halftime with the lead.

In the second half, Algeria raised its game and tied through Soudani, who finished off a pass from Mahrez. A new pass from Gradel topped off by Wilfried Bony put Ivory Coast back in the lead, which finished the game a minute from the end with a goal by Gervinho.

Now Ivory Coast will play for its place in the final next Wednesday against the DR Congo.

Text: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene
Photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi
(D. G. Base Internet Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Equatorial Guinea’s President offers 40,000 match tickets to the poor

January 15th , 2015 → 11:58 am @

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Equatorial Guinea`s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has vowed to personally pay for 40,000 tick

ets for the Africa Cup of Nations so that the poor can attend matches, and called on the wealthy to do likewise.

“We must give solemnity to this CAN event, we have to buy tickets to fill stadiums,” the head of state said.

“Let those who have the means help the poor! Myself, I bought 40,000 tickets at a rate of 10,000 per region (four sites are hosting the event). These tickets cost 500 FCFA (75 cents) which amounts to 20 million CFA francs (30,000 euros),” president Nguema told national television on Monday during a meeting with village leaders and military and civilian authorities.

Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has been ruled with an iron fist by President Nguema, 72, since he seized power by coup d`etat in 1979.

The head of state added that stadiums needed to be full to bring money into state coffers after Equatorial Guinea stepped in to host the event in place of Morocco.

To encourage people to attend matches the working day for civil servants has been cut by two hours on match days.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Gabon, who co-hosted the continental tournament with Equatorial Guinea in 2012, on Monday delivered 20 buses which will be used by the teams during the event which gets underway on Saturday.

“This is our contribution to support Equatorial Guinea. We have a saying that when your neighbours are having a party the entire village is celebrating,” said Gabonese sports minister Blaise Louembe of the free loan of buses.

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Chuku Chuku, the official mascot of the CAN 2015 of Equatorial Guinea

January 13th , 2015 → 12:12 pm @

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It is a friendly and colorful porcupine, one of the most characteristic species of the Equatoguinean forests, where between January 17 and February 8 the Africa Cup of Nations of Football will be held.

 

Chuku Chuku is the name of the official mascot of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2015), which will be held between the days of January 17 and February 8 in the stadiums of Equatorial Guinea.

It is a friendly and colorful porcupine that appears playing football, with his classical quills converted in a multicolored mane.

The African jungle porcupine (Atherurus africanus) is one of the characteristic species of Equatorial Guinea, common in the extensive forest areas of the country.

For his part, the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, presided yesterday over an important meeting in which he reported that everything was ready to begin this great event of international football, which will take place in Equatorial Guinean lands after the refusal of other countries for fear of the Ebola virus. In this regard, the Head of State noted that all the preventive measures to avoid contagion of the virus and to act in case it should occur have been taken.

The President of the Republic invited all the Equatoguineans to go to the stadiums of Ebebiyin, Mongomo, Bata and Malabo, and cheer on the teams in this national festivity. The prices for the tickets to the matches are also inviting: matches can be seen of this CAN 2015 from 500 CFA francs (less than €1) in Ebebiyin and Mongomo and 1,000 CFA francs in Malabo and Bata.

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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Cuban Doctors to Provide Ebola Health Services for African Cup

January 13th , 2015 → 12:00 pm @

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Cuban doctors will train staff on Ebola prevention for the upcoming football competition in Equatorial Guinea.

 The Cuban Embassy in Equatorial Guinea confirmed Thursday that Cuban doctors will be training health professionals at the upcoming African Cup of Nations (CAN 2015).

The Cuban physicians, who will begin their work Jan. 17, have specialized in the control and prevention of the Ebola virus. They have offered training to the staff at hotels, airports, borders and ports in light of the upcoming games.

Thousands of travelers are expected to attend this year’s tournament despite concerns over Ebola.

Cuban doctors will offer specialized training in the cities of Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebeiyin, where matches will be taking place, said Barabo Fraginal, one of the coordinators of the Cuban brigade in Equatorial Guinea.

Lucas Nguema Esono, vice prime minister of the host country, said Cuba will offer medical training and will be on hand at the tournament until Feb. 8, when the tournament concludes.

Equatorial Guinea assumed the organization of CAN 2015 after Morocco requested a yearlong delay over Ebola concerns. The Confederation of African Football rejected Morocco’s petition.

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia and Equatorial Guinea will compete in this year’s edition of Africa’s premier football tournament.

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AFCON 2015! Who will conquer?

January 9th , 2015 → 12:37 pm @

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The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) since its inception in 1957 has seen various FAs around Africa compete to win the golden prize in football. Year in year out teams perform to the best of their abilities to cement their place in the history books.

Seventeen winners have emerged in 29 tournaments in a little over the five decades. The tournament has seen four different winners in the last decade- Egypt leading the pack with a record 7 title.

Equatorial Guinea 2015 is weeks away and as the ritual demands, coaches are sieving and trimming their teams to tailor made sizes as well as racking up formations, tactics and strategy that will fluster opponents.

Based on current form, Fifa ranking, and prestige in Africa, these are the possible winners until proving wrong at the end the tournament.

ALGERIA

The Desert Foxes are the highest ranked team in Africa after qualifying with merits out of a group that had Malawi, Mali and Ethiopia. They were the only team with a perfect record after four group games.

Be that as it may, the Desert Foxes are yet to assert and transfer their form into trophies. They last won the African Cup of Nations in 1990 and they would clearly relish the chance to re-write the history book especially in the absence of Northern rivals Egypt.

The Desert Foxes will hope to continue with the momentum they had in Brazil where they became the first African country to score four goals in a World cup.

Marshalled by new Head coach Christian Gourcuff, the team will rely on the form and experience of Yacine Brahimi (Porto), Sofiane Fegbouli (Valencia), Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon), Goalkeeper Rais M’bolhi (Philadelphia Union) and Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club African) to do the magic.

COTE D’VOIRE

Cote d’voire by player experience and player standards are the best team in Africa. The Elephants boast an exciting arsenal of talents from all departments of the playing field. But with the absence of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, how will the Elephants set up?

Coach Herve Renard will lay money on two time African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure, in-form Swansea striker Wilfred Bony, Seydou Doumba (CSKA Moscow), Gervinho (Roma) and Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin).

Ranked third in Africa and 28th in the world, the Elephants qualified for AFCON 2015 amid violent clashes after their goalless draw with Cameroon at the Felix Houphovet – Boigny stadium in Abidjan.

They will hope to better their performance in South Africa where they lost to eventual champions Nigeria. The Elephants were champions in 1992 and have appeared in this tournament 19 times.

SENEGAL

The Lions of Teranga as they are fondly called finished group G with 13 points, one point behind Tunisia (four wins, one draw and one loss). Their form over five games stands at ‘WWLDW’ and they will gladly want to prove a point and also upset the odds as they come into the tournament as ‘outside’ favourites.

The Senegalese are renewed and appear to have built a team gradually edging closer to glory days. Their best ever showing in the tournament was in 2002 where they finished as runner up. That tournament also exposed the talents of El Hadji Dioufs and Henri Camara. Despite their inability to be champions in Africa, Senegal have won the Amilcar Cabral Cup eight times more than any other country in the sub – region.

Senegal is ranked fourth in Africa and 35th in the world. Blessed with talents such as Diafra Sakho (West Ham), Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United), Mohammed Diame (West Ham), Issa Cissokho(Nantes), Cheikou Kouyate(West Ham), Sadio Mane (Southampton) Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) and Mousa Sow(Fenerbache), Senegal would believe they stand a chance.

Coached by France Legend Alain Giresse the West African giants will strive to break their virginity in the continent.

GHANA

The little said about the Black Stars the better. The stars have endured a torrid time after a controversial World cup in Brazil. In-house fighting, factionalism, clash of egos amongst the so called ‘senior’ players and the thrill of seeing the FA airlift $3million to Brazil ensured the Black Stars finished last in the group without a win, which consequently derailed the progress made in 2006 and 2010.

The Stars have being dominant performers in Africa as they have appeared in the semi-finals of the last four tournaments but last won the competition in 1982 – a team led by legendary coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi. Qualifying top of a group that had Togo, Congo and Uganda, the team have earned the name of ‘Deceivers’ and will be hopeful they can upset the odds under new appointee Avram Grant.

Ranked 5th in Africa, the whole nation will lean on striker-cum-captain Asamoah Gyan, Kojo Asamoah and the Ayew brothers in the absence of the three musketeers (Kevin Prince Boateng, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari).

Avram Grant has however given debut call-ups to five European based players to boast competition for places as well as inject new blood into the team. Former U-20 midfielder Frank Acheampong and Houston Dynamos defender Samuel Inkoom have also returned to the side.

SOUTH AFRICA

The ‘Boys’ are back. The 1996 champions finished group A with 11 points and are wholly responsible for eliminating champions Nigeria. The resurgence of the Bafana Bafana under Ephraim ‘shakes’ Mashaba has not only seen them qualify impressively but build a team which is more stronger and capable of conquering Equatorial Guinea.

The team which has a relatively short international history played its first game in 1992; two years before the country’s first democratic election and despite its rookie nature, it went ahead to win the tournament in 1996 before 80,000 fans inside the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Since then, the Bafana Bafana has qualified for five Nations’ Cup tournaments and have had their own fair share of disappointment, finishing last in their group in 2008. Despite the ups and downs Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has moulded a mixture of young and hungry players to revive the fortunes of a country who had successes in its first three Nations Cup earning them finishes on the podium.

Ephraim ‘shakes’ Mashaba has set himself a personal target of winning the tournament but with the shock exclusion of Ajax attacking midfielder Thulani Sorero, we can only imagine how much it will affect the team. Bernard Parker and Tokelo Rantie however would be handed the mantle of mobilising the attacking talents.

Captain Dean Furman and company will fancy their chances especially against group opponents Ghana whom they have had a good run of form against. On the other hand, Equatorial Guinea should be accorded its share of praise for accepting to host the rest of Africa against all odds.

I say ‘AKIBA’.

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Equatorial Guinea announces measures to combat Ebola threat at the 2015 Afcon

January 6th , 2015 → 12:59 pm @

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Officials say visitors to the central African country would undergo medical examination and must therefore follow safety rules during the tournament

The Local Organising Committee of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8 has confirmed that several steps will be taken to fight the threat of the Ebola virus before and during the tournament.

According to Caf, around 100,000 spectators are expected to travel to watch the tournament, and this has increased fears of a possible outbreak.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 6,856 people have died from the disease in more than 18,000 cases mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

However, the government of the central African country has allayed concerns, saying that they would not have accepted to host the tournament if they did not have the means to control Ebola.

The safety steps announced by the Organising Committee include:

  • All passengers arriving at Malabo international airport from abroad are having their temperature checked
  • Passengers are being photographed and having their fingerprints taken
  • They must fill in medical history forms and show yellow fever certificates
  • Fans at stadiums are being sprayed with hand sanitizer at the turnstiles
  • 30 Cuban doctors, who are specialists in epidemiology, have been drafted in

Original hosts Morocco pulled out due to fears of the Ebola crisis and Caf had initially considered Qatar’s proposal when it appeared no other African country was willing to take up the challenge, before Equatorial Guinea eventually stepped in.

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Nations Cup 2015: Equatorial Guinea preparations underway

December 30th , 2014 → 11:01 am @

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Builders in Mongomo are working around the clock to finish one of the four stadiums which are due to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in just over a month.

Mongomo, the hometown of Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang (pictured), along with Ebebeyin, Bata and Malabo are set to host the finals.

The tournament is set to kick off on January 17 in Bata with the first match in Mongomo set for two days later as Ghana play Senegal.

Equatorial Guinea agreed to organise the tournament last month at the request of the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Mongono Stadium

Mongono Stadium

Caf took the finals away from Morocco, who had demanded a delay due to their fears over Ebola.

The stadiums in Malabo and Bata were both used as venues when Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the 2012 Nations Cup with Gabon.

However work needs to be done on the grounds in both Ebebeyin and Mongomo.

“The turf for Mongomo and Ebebeyin stadiums is going to be brought by plane from Europe,” one of the supervisors told the BBC.

Work also needs to be done on the stadium structure and other facilities, but all those involved in the preparations are confident the work will be completed in time.

“Time is a big challenge but the good thing is that it’s not new for us to work against time,” said Francisca Obiang Jimenez, the president of the Office of National Projects, who was there supervising the works.

The new highway built to connect Bata and Mongomo.

The new highway built to connect Bata and Mongomo.

“We have built almost an entire city, Sipopo, in about two years and we’ve also built a highway.

“Everybody was expecting that that would finish four years from now but we finished it on time, so I don’t think there will be much problem with the stadiums.”

The new highway means you can travel from Bata, on the coast, to Mongomo, located near the eastern border with Gabon, in around two hours.

While the stadiums look set to be ready in time, having enough accommodation could be a challenge for the organisers in both Mongomo and Ebebeyin.

Some of the social housing buildings that could be used for accommodation during the Nations Cup

Some of the social housing buildings that could be used for accommodation during the Nations Cup

Ebebeyin has only one large hotel of international standards.

“We have hotels and we have also some social houses that we’ve finished building and have not given to anybody yet,” Ms Obiang Jimenez told us.

“So we are furnishing them in case we find ourselves with not enough rooms but, according to what the Caf said, we have more than enough.”

The government and organisers are also taking measures against the possibility of the deadly Ebola virus getting into the country.

 

Fans being screened for Ebola at the Bata Stadium.

Fans being screened for Ebola at the Bata Stadium.

All passengers arriving at Malabo airport from abroad are having their temperature checked.

There was also an Ebola screening exercise at Bata stadium, before a match of the CEMAC (Economic Community of Central African States) Cup, which is currently being staged in Equatorial Guinea.

“During the Cup of Nations, there will be other controls and this kind of protection will be happening further away from the stadium,” a local fan, Juan Esono, told us.

A Cameroonian working at the Mongomo stadium told BBC Sport: “I’ve been checked many times for Ebola when crossing the border near Ebebeyin. So I don’t think there will be a problem with the virus here.”

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