posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com
Equatorial Guinea has named its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster for its first ever trip to the World Cup. Colombia, in Group C, is the only other team making its first appearance in a World Cup. Equatorial Guinea qualified for the tournament in Germany by finishing second in the 2010 Women’s African Football Championship to Nigeria.
No player on manager Marcelo Frigerio’s roster has been capped more than 28 times for the national team. Six of the total 22 players in the World Cup with no current club affiliation are on the Equatorial Guinea roster. This number is second only to Group A Canada’s 11 unattached players. The most experienced player on the team, as well as the one who also has the most goals, is midfielder Genoveva Anonman, who plays in Germany. A player who stood out as scorer during qualifying was forward Jade Boho, who scored three goals in five games in the qualifying tournament. Boho has scored six goals in nine international matches. Midfielders Dorine Chuigoue and Gloria Chinasa are also legitimate scoring threats for Equatorial Guinea.
Although Equatorial Guinea lacks experience at this level of soccer, it has certainly been improving overall. They have qualified for the last three Women’s African Football Championships. They did not advance past the group stage in 2006, won the tournament as the host country in 2008 and played a hard-fought final match against Nigeria, but fell 4-2.
Equatorial Guinea will compete in Group D against Australia, Brazil and Norway. It plays Norway on June 29, Australia on July 3 and Brazil on July 6.
Here’s the complete Equatorial Guinea 2011 Women’s World Cup roster (current team in brackets):
Goalkeepers: Miriam Silva da Paxiao (unattached), Yao Farota Haoua (unattached), Maria Rosa Ondo Nsing (Inter Continental)
Defenders: Bruna Amarante da Silva (Real Dona), Dulcia Davi (unattached), Carolina Martins Pereia (Estrellas del Sur), Laetitia Chapeh Yimga (E Waiso Ipola)
Midfielders: Ana Cristina da Silva (unattached), Vania Cristina Martins (Hyundai Steel), Dorine Nina Chuigoue (E Waiso Ipola), Genoveva Anonman Nze (Jena), Natalia Obono Abeso Abuy (Inter Continental), Sinforosa Eyang Nguema Nchama (E Waiso Ipola), Jumaria Barbosa de Santana (Inter Continental), Gloria Chinasa Okoro (Rivers Angels), Lucrecia Ngi Engonga (E Waiso Ipola), Olive Christelle Ngo Nyepel (E Waiso Ipola)
Forwards: Diala Blesing (unattached), Jade Boho Sayo (Rayo Vallecan), Adriana Aparecida Costa (unattached), Leila N´Diaye Fatoumata (Inter Continental)
Most soccer fans are going to look at Group D to see Marta and Brazil, but I think Equatorial Guinea will be an interesting team to watch as well.