Spotlight: Equatorial Guinea

January 17, 2015 — Today the footballing world turns its gaze on Equatorial Guinea in anticipation of the commencement of the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 tournament

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Late last year, Equatorial Guinea was announced the new hosts of the African Cup of Nations 2015 tournament following Morocco’s refusal to host over Ebola fears.

So what do we know about this central African country? Here are a few facts:

Fact 1
The capital city of Equatorial Guinea is Malabo which is located offshore on Bioko Island. The official currency is Central African Franc (XAF).

Fact 2
The official languages are Spanish and French though most people speak native languages including Fang, Annobonese and Bubi.

Fact 3
Most of the population of Equatorial Guinea is Roman Catholic while some practice indigenous beliefs.

Fact 4
Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 from the Spanish. It functions as a Presidential Republic.

Fact 5
It has the highest adult literacy rate of the entire Sub-Saharan Africa.

How is Equatorial Guinea’s AFCON record?

Equatorial Guinea national football team. Photo: Reuters

Nzalang Nacional’s record at the African Cup of Nations has been shaky in the past 15 years. From 2002 to 2010, the team did not qualify. But when the team did qualify for the 2012 tournament, they reached the quarter-finals.

The team is ranked 36th on FIFA’s Africa rankings.

Unfortunately, they did not qualify for the 2013 tournament but we are looking forward to seeing them in action tonight against the Congo. Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

Source : Thisisafrica

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