The first group stage enters its final stretch and on Sunday, January 25, is playing for the Nzalang Nacional is going all in against Gabon’s team. There is only one goal: to win, and the players of the national team have conspired to obtain a victory that would be heroic.
The Nzalang Nacional continues its preparation for the decisive match on Sunday that will pit them against the Panthers of Gabon. Esteban Becker’s boys are expectant and eager to get a win that will allow them to pass to the quarterfinals.
On January 23, the team received in their hotel a visit from the Secretary of State for the Treasury, Milagrosa Obono Angue, who accompanied the President of the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT), Andres Jorge Mbomio, and presented to players the bonuses agreed to for this stage of the championship.
The atmosphere in the Nzalang Nacional is excellent and the team continues its days of physical and tactical work. They are also reviewing videos of the first two games, the positive aspects of the game, in order to emphasize them, and the negative, in order to correct them. They are leaving nothing to chance, and the national team will reach the first grand final on Sunday with very clear ideas of how to play against Gabon in order to win.
The national team has, for this match, lost the midfielder Mbele due to yellow cards, one of the defensive pillars, and Becker will have to find the best substitute that can halt the offensive potential of Gabon, with their captain Aubameyang as the main danger.
For its part, the Gabonese team will arrive at the match wounded after its loss against Congo Brazzaville and although a tie would be enough to get into the quarterfinals, it will have to be very careful to finish the game with matched result, since a goal by our national team would leave them out of the CAN 2015.
There is no margin for error, only victory is possible, and Nzalang will enter the field willing to give it their all. The players are aware that they represent the people of Equatorial Guinea, who will fill the stands of Bata’s Nkoantoma Stadium, and they will make every effort on the field.
Text and photos: Javier Hernandez
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office