H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo went on the morning of January 24 to the hotel where the Nzalang Nacional is staying, to transmit to the team all his support and that of the Equatoguinean people for the important match that will pit them against Gabon, and in which they are fighting to pass to the quarterfinals.
The Head of State and his retinue, among which was the Delegate Minister of Civil Aviation, Fausto Abeso Fuma, were received by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, who was also accompanied by the President of the FEGUIFUT, Andres Jorge Mbomio.
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo met with the players and coaches of the Nzalang Nacional in one of the meeting rooms of the Hotel Rio Ekuku, where he commented to them that his visit had the aim of transmitting to them his support and that of the Equatoguinean people. “I come to encourage you and show you my support. We are satisfied with your work and we must win against Gabon, in order to give joy to the people who are filling the stadiums to cheer you on.”
The Head of State spoke to the players of the history of David and Goliath, recalling that it is not always the strongest one that wins, and he urged them to be professionals and to follow the instructions of the coach. In addition, although he assured that he was not a coach, he indicated that they had to be intelligent with the ball and when they have it at their feet the best thing is to raise their heads and see the best placed teammate, in order to pass it to him, avoiding egoism.
H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo showed he had followed the matches of the team with close attention and made a very interesting reflection. “In the first match, Congo Brazzaville was dominated and the game would have been won if a legal goal of the team had not been annulled. Later, Congo Brazzaville beat the team from Gabon. The match against Gabon can be won.”
The President of the Republic also stated that Equatorial Guinea had already won this CAN, by managing to organize it within a period of only fifty days and he said goodbye to the players and the coaches one by one, while he wished them luck in the match against The Panthers of Gabon.
Once H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo had abandoned the hotel where the Nzalang is staying, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue dedicated a few words to the players, who are waiting with excitement the start of the match against the team from Gabon.
Text and photos: Javier Hernandez
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office