Football
The National Nzalang eliminated from the CAN 2013
With a group of new players, Equatorial Guinea beat the national team of the Democratic Republic of Congo by 2 goals to 1, but did not qualify for the CAN 2013.

16/10/2012

The match was played on Sunday in the Malabo Stadium, where the Nzalang managed to defeat the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1, a result that proved insufficient to qualify for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2013.

The decisive match was named by the press as "Operation Curiosity", the National Nzalang awaited the very difficult task of scoring four goals to tie the result of the first match played in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).

The determination with which the Equatorial Guinean players took the field resulted in the first goal, at 22 minutes by number 9, Ricardo Texeira Ondo, who went among the defenders of Congo, with the goalkeeper Kidiaba unable to do anything to stop it.

At 39 minutes, the Red team made ​​a play on the sideline in which Randy passed the ball to Judson to score the second goal, and got all the fans on their feet, thinking that the miracle of overcoming the first match's score was within reach.

The Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo, led by the veteran coach Claude Le Roy, managed to make a change in the match, when the player Mbokani scored the 2-1 and ended the hopes of the national fans.

In the second half, after the change of Randy and Floriano due to injury, the national team lessened the pressure and the control of the match went to the visitors, who created many dangerous situations, but they were unable to beat the goalkeeper, Danilo, again.

The last fifteen minutes were dominated by the Nzalang, but they were unable to penetrate the visitors' goal, and thus qualify for the finals of the CAN 2013, to be played in South Africa.

Equatorial Guinea won, but is out of the competition. The fans are happy with this new Nzalang formation, which has a promising future, if it is not destroyed again, since it is made up of quality players.

Text: David Monsuy Senior (D. G. Base Internet).

Photo: Archive.

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

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