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.