Second match of the Nzalang and new opportunity to demonstrate the ability of the national team, which proved against Congo Brazzaville that it has a great competitive level and if the referee of the match, the Gambian Bakary Papa, had not annulled a legal goal by Nsue, it would now have three well-deserved points.
On January 20, the last training session of the Nzalang took place at the Stadium of Mbini, where the coach Esteban Becker gave the finishing touches to a national team that will jump to the field of Nkoantoma with high ambition, to face off against Burkina Faso.
The national team, in addition to the physical training, is reviewing videos, getting talks on tactics and the atmosphere is unbeatable in view of the match. The stadium will be packed, and the players are aware of their responsibility before a people that has enormously supported them.
The Nzalang is currently a tight-knit group and the technical and federation officials are working together, so the players can focus on their work and feel as comfortable as possible. For their part, the players are responding with work and maximum commitment. Nobody has declined their responsibility, and the captains, starting with Nsue, are an example for the rest of the team.
In another vein, the complaint submitted by the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) to the CAF (African Football Confederation) has had a major international impact, since the media is aware that the goal scored by Nsue, clearly in a legal position, would probably have meant a victory for the Nzalang.
With this complaint, the president of the FEGUIFUT, Andres Jorge Mbomio, is not asking for any preferential treatment, simply for the country and its national team, as host of this great event, to be treated fairly and with equanimity.
At 5 p.m., the match against Burkina Faso will begin, and at 8 p.m. will be the match between the teams of Gabon and Congo Brazzaville. When those two games end, the chances of the Nzalang Nacional to get passing to the quarterfinals will be clear.
Text and photos: Javier Hernandez
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office