Equatorial Guinea women's national football team
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The Equatorial Guinea women's national football team is the women's national team for Equatorial Guinea. Their nickname is the Nzalang Nacional.
|Association||Equatoguinean Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Jean-Paul Mpila|
|Most caps||Genoveva Añonman (28)|
|Top scorer||Genoveva Añonman (24)|
|Current||71 (26 June 2020)|
|Highest||50 (September 2015, December 2016–March 2017)|
|Lowest||195 (December 1998)|
| Equatorial Guinea 0–3 Gabon |
(Equatorial Guinea; June 10, 2000)
| Luxembourg 0–8 Equatorial Guinea |
(Hostert, Luxembourg; June 18, 2011)
| South Africa 7–1 Equatorial Guinea |
(Cape Coast, Ghana; November 21, 2018)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2011)|
|Best result||Group Stage (2011)|
|Africa Women Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Winners (2008 & 2012)|
In the 2008 Women's African Football Championship they defeated the seven-time champions Nigeria 1–0 in the semifinal and went on to win the championship beating South Africa 2–1. They became the first nation other than Nigeria to win the Women's African Football Championship. Equatorial Guinea played at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The team won the 2012 African Women's Championship, winning 4–0 in the final against South Africa.
Equatorial Guinea is the third women's team (out of six) from the Confederation of African Football to qualify for a FIFA Women's World Cup (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, and South Africa being the others).
They defeated South Africa 2–1 in an Olympic Games Qualifier on February 18, 2007, but lost the return leg 4–2. In the 2008 Women's African Football Championship (which they hosted), they went undefeated in Group A which featured Cameroon, Congo, and Mali. They defeated Nigeria 1–0 in the semifinal and went on to win the championship beating South Africa 2–1. They became the first (and, so far, only) nation other than Nigeria to win the Women's African Football Championship. They made their debut in an international tournament at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing all three of their group stage matches against Norway, Australia and Brazil.
In 2012, Equatorial Guinea hosted and won the 2012 African Women's Championship. They won the semi-final 2–0 versus Cameroon, and the final 4–0 against South Africa, with two goals by Gloria Chinasa and one each by Tiga (Adriana Aparecida Costa) and the captain Genoveva Añonman.
Due to fielding Jade Boho without completing her one-time switch (from Spain), Equatorial Guinea was disqualified from the Women's Football tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Between 2006 and 2010, Bilguissa and Salimata Simporé, a sibling duo from Burkina Faso, used to play for Equatorial Guinea - the first as a central defender and the latter as a centre forward. Beyond the mechanism by which they were naturalized (similar to the Brazilians),[vague] the main controversy about the Simporés arose regarding whether they were actually two men. Around April 2011, they were removed from national team by the Italian-born Brazilian coach Marcelo Frigerio, who had recently assumed, just a few months before participating in the World Cup. Since then, the Simporé siblings never were called-up. In 2015, Frigerio, now a former national team coach, told the Brazilian press they are men.
|Head coach||Jean-Paul Mpila|
- The following players were named on date month year for the 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup.
- Caps and goals accurate up to and including date month year.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Dolores Hernández||24 October 2001||0|
|25||GK||Lucrecia Bobuiche||26 March 1995||1||0||Estrellas de Rebola|
|10||DF||Salomé Nke (captain)||8 June 1989||1||Malabo Kings|
|12||MF||Celestina Manga||12 May 1999||0||Malabo Kings|
|23||MF||Elena Obono||13 November 1999||1||Estrellas de Bomudi|
Recent call upsEdit
- The following players have been called up to the Equatorial Guinea squad in the past 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
- *Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.
- Jean-Paul Mpila (–present)
Results and fixturesEdit
- The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Lose Fixtures
|18 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GS||Equatorial Guinea||2–1||Gabon||Ebibeyín|
|16:00 UTC+1||Manga 40'
Nke 68' (pen.)
|Report||? 79'||Stadium: Estadio de Ebibeyín|
|20 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GS||Equatorial Guinea||1–1||DR Congo||Ebibeyín|
|Nke 73'||Report||Pambani 80'||Stadium: Estadio de Ebibeyín|
|22 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GS||Central African Republic||1–4||Equatorial Guinea||Ebibeyín|
|Demba 32'||Report||Nke 10', 32'
|Stadium: Estadio de Ebibeyín|
|24 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GS||Equatorial Guinea||1–1||Chad||Mongomo|
|? ?'||Report||? ?'||Stadium: Estadio de Mongomo|
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|1991||Did Not Enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1995||Did Not Enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1999||Did Not Enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2003||Did Not Qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2007||Did Not Qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015||Did Not Qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2023||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|FIFA Women's World Cup history|
|2011||Group stage||29 June||Norway||L 0–1||Impuls Arena, Augsburg|
|3 July||Australia||L 2–3||Ruhrstadion, Bochum|
|6 July||Brazil||L 0–3||Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt|
Olympic Games recordEdit
|1996||Did Not Enter|
|2000||Did Not Enter|
|2004||Did Not Qualify|
|2008||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||Did Not Qualify|
Africa Women Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Women Cup of Nations record|
|1991||Did Not Enter|
|1995||Did Not Enter|
|1998||Did Not Enter|
|2000||Did Not Qualify|
|2002||Did Not Qualify|
|2004||Did Not Qualify|
|2014||Did Not Qualify|
African Games recordEdit
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- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
- "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Equatorial Guinea lift AWC trophy". BBC News. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
- "E. Guinea women's team disqualified from Olympics". Usatoday.Com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
- "Equatorial Guinea expelled from Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2020". FIFA.com. 11 April 2016.
- "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017.
- De Matos, José Edgar; Bianchini, Vladimir (11 September 2015). "Técnico do São Paulo conta como barrou dois homens em seleção feminina às vésperas de Copa" [São Paulo coach tells how he banned two men in women's national team on the World Cup eve] (in Portuguese). ESPN. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
Before taking the national team, I searched on the internet and I saw there was a charge that, in the African Cup of Nations, two players of the national team would be actually men. It would be a worldwide scandal I had no idea until then. I asked for the two twin sisters, who had not been presented and who were with the men's Olympic team, concentrated in a hotel. Then came two guys and they prodded me: "These are the two sisters". I replied, "You are joking, they are men". Then they trained and I asked the doctor to examine them, because I was sure that they were men. He was there and he found that they were men. Even they had been champions of the African Cup and everything else. At the time, I asked to send them back to Burkina Faso - they were naturalized - and to talk that one of them had hurt the knee and the other sister had gone along because she did not want to stay away. I cut the duo from the national team, as everyone expected their presence. When (this situation) arrived at the time of the interview, I needed to talk about that.
- "Equatorial Guinea disqualified, Mali in". CAF. 4 August 2016.
| African Women's Champions
2008 (First title)
| African Women's Champions
2012 (Second title)