The captain of the National Nzalang, Juvenal Edjogo Owono Montalban, the player of the national team with the most international matches played, has decided to end his phase with the national team after 67 games, in which he scored 19 goals and played two African Cups and two CEMAC Cups.
Juvenal says goodbye at the most successful time of the National Nzalang, after achieving a historic fourth place in the African Cup of Nations, CAN, held in Equatorial Guinea.
-“After twelve years defending the colors of Equatorial Guinea, I want to announce that I completed my time at the National Nzalang. 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 October 11, 2003, 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 African 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.
Now it’s time to step aside and allow other players to take over. I am confident that they will continue the work begun and will continue the successes that the national team and the country deserve.
For me it has been an honor and pride to represent my country, and I’ve enjoyed every minute I have defended the shirt of the National Nzalang. 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.
Thank you everyone, from the bottom of my heart.
Juvenal Edjogo Owono Montalbán.”
With this farewell, the great captain of Nzalang ends his time in the national team, but will have the opportunity to say farewell to the public of Equatorial Guinea, since the President of the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT), Andres Jorge Mbomio, is committed to inviting him the first friendly match the national team will play, and which will be a great tribute to a man who has been everything for football in Equatorial Guinea.
Text: Javier Hernandez
Photos: Mansueto Loeri (D. G. Base Internet) and Javier Hernandez
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office