The President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, met on Tuesday, February 10, with the national team of Equatorial Guinea, the Nzalang Nacional, to congratulate them for their good performance during the CAN 2015. In addition, he announced to them that, starting now, the members of the football team will collect a monthly salary while they form part of it.
According to the Head of State, the good performance, the professionalism and talent permitted the national team to reach the semifinals and be classified as the fourth football team of all of Africa. “The emotion that you have provoked mobilized the entire population of Equatorial Guinea,” stated the President to the team components, also stating that the Nzalang is already a team recognized internationally.
Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has ratified the declaration that the members of Parliament made, which in its day called the members of the Nzalang “national heroes”. In fact, the Minister of Youth and Sports. Pascual Obama Asue, will be in charge of extending the certificates to all the players of this category. This is something that without doubt will remain as an excellent memory for all of them.
The President also has announced that, from this moment, the players of the Nzalang Nacional are going to receive a regular salary. A certain amount, of which they will collect 50% each month, while they are not playing, and one hundred percent in the months in which there are at the base for championships.
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has made it clear that this salary will be given to all the players while they form part of the national team. Once they are no longer members of it, for whatever reason, their salary will pass to the new figures of Nzalang. The news has been very well accepted by the football players of the national team. The processes for this salary will be initiated by the Department of Finance and Budgets.
In correspondence, the players of the team have given the Head of State tee-shirts and autographs.
In the audience were present the Minister of Youth and Sports, the President of the Equatoguinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT), Andres Jorge Mbomio and the coach of the team, Esteban Becker, among others.
Text and photos: Miguel Angel Andjimi (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office