Equatorial Guinea women's national football team

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Equatorial Guinea
Nickname(s) Nzalang Nacional
Association Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Jean-Paul Mpila
Captain Genoveva Añonma
Most caps Genoveva Añonma (28)
Top scorer Genoveva Añonma (24)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 70 Decrease 16 (7 December 2018) [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)

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


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 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.

Equatorial Guinea is the third women's team (out of five) from the Confederation of African Football to qualify for a FIFA Women's World Cup (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and Côte d'Ivoire being the others). [2]

Simporés' gender case

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, the main controversy arose regarding whether they were actually two men. They had integrated the Equatorial Guinea's squads that won the 2008 African Women's Championship and reached the second place in the 2010 African Women's Championship, which allowed Equatorial Guinea to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. 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 in fact men. [3]


World Cup record

World Cup Finals
China 1991 Did Not Enter-------
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter-------
United States 1999 Did Not Enter-------
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify-------
China 2007 Did Not Qualify-------
Germany 2011 Group Stage300327−5
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify-------
France 2019 Banned [4] -------
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympics record

United States 1996 Did Not Enter
Australia 2000 Did Not Enter
Greece 2004 Did Not Qualify
China 2008 Did Not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Disqualified [5]
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 Banned [6]

Performance in Africa Women's Championship

Africa Women Cup of Nations
1991 Did Not Enter
1995 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1998 Did Not Enter
South Africa 2000 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 2002 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2004 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 2006 Group Stage301259
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Champions5500114
South Africa 2010 Runners-Up5311118
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Champions5500180
Namibia 2014 Did Not Qualify
Cameroon 2016 Disqualified [7]
Ghana 2018 Group Stage3003118
Republic of the Congo 2020 Banned [7]
Total2 Titles2113264639


Latest squad

The next are some of the players who were called up for two 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Kenya in June 2018. [8]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Dolores Hernández (2001-10-24) 24 October 2001 (age 17)0
131 GK Diana (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 32)10 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
251 GK Lucrecia Bobuiche (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 23)10 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola

22 DF Avelina Abang 00 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos
32 DF Salomé Nke (1989-06-08) 8 June 1989 (age 29)1 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
42 DF Esperanza Mbang (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 29)10 Spain El Ejido
92 DF Dorine Chuigoué (1988-12-29) 29 December 1988 (age 30)3 Spain Logroño
192 DF Cecilia Akeng (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994 (age 24)00 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas del Sur
202 DF Pachu (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 32)10 Spain El Ejido
222 DF Leocadia Nchama (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 20)00 Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Evinayong

53 MF Jacky Messomo INE (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 25)0Unattached
123 MF Fadimatou Nsongone (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 19)0
143 MF Ramona Mibuy (2002-06-28) 28 June 2002 (age 16)00 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos
163 MF Mayka (1987-02-12) 12 February 1987 (age 31)10 Spain Fuensalida
173 MF Blessing Diala (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 29)1 Equatorial Guinea Deportivo Evinayong
213 MF Lætitia Chapeh (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 31)0 France Lille
233 MF Elena Obono (1999-11-13) 13 November 1999 (age 19)1 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Bomudi

84 FW Jade Boho (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 32)18 Spain Logroño
104 FW Genoveva Añonman (captain) (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 29)24 Equatorial Guinea Leones Vegetarianos
114 FW Luz Milagrosa Obono (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 22)10 Spain El Ejido
154 FW Chinasa Okoro (1987-12-08) 8 December 1987 (age 31)13 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
4 FW Anais Bokoka (1995-06-03) 3 June 1995 (age 23)11 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Waiso Ipola
4 FW Nove (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 (age 26)00 Spain Llamoro


INE Ineligible player. [9]

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
MF Nuria Baita (1999-06-07) 7 June 1999 (age 19)00 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola vs.   Comoros on 26 November 2017
MF Teodora Borico 0 Equatorial Guinea Estrellas de Rebola vs.   Comoros on 26 November 2017


    See also


    1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
    2. "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Equatorial Guinea lift AWC trophy". BBC News. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
    3. 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.
    4. "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017.
    5. "E. Guinea women's team disqualified from Olympics". Usatoday.Com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
    6. "Equatorial Guinea expelled from Women's Olympic Football Tournament 2020". FIFA.com. 11 April 2016.
    7. 1 2 "Equatorial Guinea disqualified, Mali in". CAF. 4 August 2016.
    8. @EUDLlamoro (25 May 2018). "Nove (Féminas) con la Selección Nacional Femenina de la República de Guinea Ecuatorial. Nuestra jugadora viajará a Malabo para concentrarse con su Selección y disputar la segunda ronda de clasificación para la 11th total women´s Ghana 2018 ....(1)" (Tweet). Retrieved 25 May 2018 via Twitter.
    9. "Harambee Starlets appeal against Equatorial Guinea upheld, Kenya set to grace AWCON". Football Kenya Federation. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
    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