On January 16, two press conferences took place before the opening of the CAN 2015. In the first press conference, members of the CAF (African Football Confederation) reported on the organization of this tournament, and presented his campaign against malaria, while in the second, the Nzalang coach, Esteban Becker and one of the captains, Javier Balboa, answered questions from the media about the role the national team can play.
The press room of the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata was the venue in which Esteban Becker, coach of Nzalang, gave the first information on the national team.
-“The team is made up of veteran players such as Emilio Nsue, Randy, Juvenal, along with young Guineans who play in Spain. Our goal is to go match by match. We know that in football you cannot make long-term plans, but the goal with this team is that Equatorial Guinea be able to play a World Cup. We will give all this effort, our excitement, and this will be a trial by fire test for the young players,” said the coach.
Esteban Becker has not complained about the lack of time to prepare for this championship; his appointment was confirmed Just two weeks ago, and even then he seemed confident, though aware of the difficulties: “I’m not going to teach the boys to play, they know what football is. Our role is to organize and try to be in the best condition, and what I can say is that the team will compete.”
He also claimed to be a fan of offensive football and committed to a constructive game and technical players: “We know that Congo has spent months preparing for this championship and we are aware of their strength, We know them well. This first match will be a good opportunity to see if the young players withstand the pressure.”
For his part, Javier Balboa said that the players had integrated well. “There is a lot of excitement, eagerness and quality. Players who play in the reserves of big clubs. There is a very good group and we’re glad they are here,” he added.
A press conference was also attended by the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, Ruslan Obiang Nsue, who this way showed his support and that of the Government of Equatorial Guinea for the National Nzalang.
On the other hand, the press conference of the CAF was held at the Conference Center of Ngolo of the mainland capital, where the Secretary General of the CAF, Hicham El Amrani, reported on the current status of the CAN and presented the campaign being conducted against malaria.
Hicham El Amrani ensured that everything is ready for the championship and showed images of the preparation of the new stadiums, with a pitch in top condition.
The member of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), Mario Lubetnik, also spoke, referring to the campaign by the CAF with the goal of ending hunger in Africa. Meanwhile, Frederick Kanoute, a former player and ambassador of the confederation, has stated that the level of the African Cup is very high, and cannot hazard a clear favorite, but his desire is that Mali, having been third in the last two editions, will end up with the trophy this year.
Text and photos: Javier Hernandez
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office