Sports Gilson Paulo, Equatorial Guinea's new coach The Brazilian coach Gilson Paulo will be responsible for leading the National Nzalang in the African Cup of Nations, which will begin on January 21.


After several days of rumors, finally, on Tuesday, the Equatorial Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) announced the news of the hiring of new national coach. The Brazilian coach Gilson Paulo, 62 years old, arrived in Malabo on Monday from Rio de Janeiro, accompanied by physical trainer Luiz Americo da Silva Dias.

Gilson Paulo has 18 years of professional experience, and before coming to Equatorial Guinea managed the first division team Vasco de Gama, of the Brazilian championship, with which he won important events. He has also directed other clubs in the country such as Olara, Portuguesa, Estacio, Bangu and his mission in Equatorial Guinea is to achieve a good performance in the CAN 2012.

On Tuesday, the National Nzalang's new coach was presented to the players and the public minutes before the team left for Bata, where on Friday, January 6, it will play against South Africa in a friendly match, which will be the inauguration of the city stadium.

In a brief interview with, Gilson Paulo said that his ambition is to work in Africa and, to achieve this, he must make history in the CAN, which starts in a few weeks. The coach replaces the Frenchman Henri Michel and is the third Brazilian who heads the National Nzalang after Antonio Dumas, in 2003 and Jordan de Freitas, in 2006.

Text: David Monsuy Senior.

Photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi.

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office (D. G. Base Internet).