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Equatorial Guinea coach keen on staying

posted by on February 8th, 2012

Gilson Paulo, Equatorial Guinea coach

Brazilian Gilson Paulo is keen on staying on as coach of Equatorial Guinea after crashing out of the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

The Nzalang Nacional bid farewell disappointingly after a 0-3 loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter final clash on Saturday in Malabo. A brace from Ivorian captain Didier Drogba and the other from Yaya Toure settled the tie in favour of the Elephants.

Despite failing to reach the last four, the 62-year old former Sports Director of Brazilian club, Vasco da Gama is very delighted by the performance of his team. The co-hosts masterminded one of the biggest surprises at the tournament after victories over Libya and Senegal saw them become the first team to qualify for the last eight.

“I’m satisfied with the performance of my players. We lost to an experienced and strong team like Cote d’Ivoire. It was unfortunate we found ourselves facing such a strong team at this stage.”

However, Gilson admits there have been more positives from their maiden campaign at the flagship African football tournament.

“We will be able to project into the future. I have a contract with the team and I will continue to work with the team.”

The Brazilian who was appointed barely three-weeks to the opening match of the tournament has had his initial two-month contract extended by 10-months due to the impressive run of the team under his short spell

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