Equatorial Guinea women's national football team

The Equatorial Guinea women's national football team is the women's national team for Equatorial Guinea. Their nickname is the Nzalang Nacional.

Equatorial Guinea
Nickname(s)Nzalang Nacional
AssociationEquatoguinean Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachJean-Paul Mpila
CaptainSalomé Nke
Most capsGenoveva Añonman (28)
Top scorerGenoveva Añonman (24)
FIFA codeEQG
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 71 Steady (26 June 2020)[1]
Highest50 (September 2015, December 2016–March 2017)
Lowest195 (December 1998)
First international
 Equatorial Guinea 0–3 Gabon 
(Equatorial Guinea; June 10, 2000)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 0–8 Equatorial Guinea 
(Hostert, Luxembourg; June 18, 2011)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 7–1 Equatorial Guinea 
(Cape Coast, Ghana; November 21, 2018)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2011)
Best resultGroup Stage (2011)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances4 (first in 2006)
Best resultWinners (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).[2]

HistoryEdit

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.[3]

Problems with naturalised players (mainly from Brazil) caused a ban from the 2020 Olympic women's football tournament[4] and the 2019 World Cup.[5]

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.[6]

Home stadiumEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Ref.
Head coach Jean-Paul Mpila

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • 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 1GK Dolores Hernández (2001-10-24) 24 October 2001 (age 18) 0
25 1GK Lucrecia Bobuiche (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 25) 1 0   Estrellas de Rebola

10 2DF Salomé Nke (captain) (1989-06-08) 8 June 1989 (age 31) 1   Malabo Kings

12 3MF Celestina Manga (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 21) 0   Malabo Kings
23 3MF Elena Obono (1999-11-13) 13 November 1999 (age 20) 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



Previous squadsEdit

Individual recordsEdit

  • *Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.

ManagersEdit

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

2020Edit

18 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GSEquatorial Guinea  2–1  GabonEbibeyín
16:00 UTC+1 Manga   40'
Nke   68' (pen.)
Report ?   79' Stadium: Estadio de Ebibeyín
20 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GSEquatorial Guinea  1–1  DR CongoEbibeyín
Nke   73' Report Pambani   80' Stadium: Estadio de Ebibeyín
22 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GSCentral African Republic  1–4  Equatorial GuineaEbibeyín
Demba   32' Report Nke   10'32'
Manga   33'
Obono   ??'
Stadium: Estadio de Ebibeyín
24 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup GSEquatorial Guinea  1–1  ChadMongomo
?   ?' Report ?   ?' Stadium: Estadio de Mongomo
28 February 2020 UNIFFAC Women's Cup FDR Congo  0–0
(2–4 p)
  Equatorial GuineaMongomo
Stadium: Estadio de Mongomo

HonoursEdit

AchievementsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
  1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
  2003 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
  2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
  2011 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
  2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
  2019 Banned[5] - - - - - - -
   2023 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total 1/9 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  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

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1996 Did Not Enter
  2000 Did Not Enter
  2004 Did Not Qualify
  2008 Did Not Qualify
  2012 Disqualified[3]
  2016 Did Not Qualify
  2020 Banned[4]
Total 0/6 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Women Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Women Cup of Nations record
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter
1995 Did Not Enter
  1998 Did Not Enter
  2000 Did Not Qualify
  2002 Did Not Qualify
  2004 Did Not Qualify
  2006 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 5 9
  2008 Champions 5 5 0 0 11 4
  2010 Runners-Up 5 3 1 1 11 8
  2012 Champions 5 5 0 0 18 0
  2014 Did Not Qualify
  2016 Disqualified[7]
  2018 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 18
  2020 Banned[7]
Total 2 Titles 21 13 2 6 46 39

African Games recordEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Equatorial Guinea lift AWC trophy". BBC News. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ a b "E. Guinea women's team disqualified from Olympics". Usatoday.Com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  4. ^ a b "Equatorial Guinea expelled from Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2020". FIFA.com. 11 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "Equatorial Guinea disqualified, Mali in". CAF. 4 August 2016.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
2006 Nigeria  
African Women's Champions
2008 (First title)
Succeeded by
2010 Nigeria  
Preceded by
2010 Nigeria  
African Women's Champions
2012 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2014 Nigeria