The President receives Pele and Figo in Bata

On Sunday, February 8, hours before the grand finale, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo received the President of the FIFA, Joseph Sepp Blatter and two of the greatest stars of the history of football, who went to the last match of the CAN 2015: the Brazilian Pele and the Portuguese Figo.

For the historical culmination of the African Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015, the presence could not be lacking in the Stadium of Bata of the President of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), Joseph Sepp Blatter, who on this occasion arrived in our country accompanied by two greats of the history of universal football: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele and Luis Filipe Madeira Caeiro, alias Figo. Both travelled to Bata to participate in this final match and prior to it they were received in the Presidential Palace by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

During the interview, Sepp Blatter and the Head of State analyzed the development of this edition of the CAN 2015. The President of the FIFA praised the highest Equatoguinean authority for the good sports installations that the country has, and for the success of the championship that was organized only a few weeks before its start.

Afterwards, the Equatorial Guinean president also received the King of Football, the Brazilian Pele, who was also present in the final. During the meeting, the Head of State gave him, as a souvenir from our country, the figure of “Elat-Meyong”, an important piece by the deceased Equatoguinean sculptor Leandro Mbomio Nsue.

Around 1:00 on Sunday afternoon, and before the start of the final match between Ghana and Ivory Coast, the President offered a luncheon to the guests of the match, in which were present, of course, the two great football players, as well as the Presidents of the FIFA and the African Confederation of Football (CAF), Joseph Sepp Blatter and Issa Hayatou, respectively.

The First Vice President of the Republic, Ignacio Milam Tang, who was an outstanding football player in his youth, headed the representation of the Equatoguinean authorities who supported H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in this luncheon enlivened by national artists.

Text: Maria Jesus Nsang Nguema
Photos: Manuel Mangue
(Presidential Press Team)

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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