Sports Eric Moussambani, new national coach of the swim team The new coach, who gained fame for his role in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, will be responsible for preparing the Equatorial Guinean swimmers for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The appointment of Eric Moussambani has been confirmed by the National Swimming Federation (FINA) and the Equatorial Guinean Olympic Committee (COGE), during a meeting in the Olympic pool in Malabo.

The meeting was attended  by the first and second vice presidents of the Federation, Severino Salas Marques and Antonio Andomo Bindang, who appointed Eric Moussambani Milonga  as coach  of the national team that will participate in the Olympics in 2012.

Moussambani, dubbed by the international press Eric "the Eel", gained worldwide fame in Sydney 2000 when he swam the 100 meters freestyle in a time of 1 minute 52 seconds 72 milliseconds, more than double the other competitors.

In the months after that, he became a popular hero and was invited to TV shows and other events, and even today still receives requests on our website requesting interviews.

Eric refused the training opportunities offered to him by many international centers and currently works at an oil company in Malabo. Given this new responsibility, he will have to reconcile his work in the oil world with the new responsibility as national coach.

Text: David Monsuy Senior.

Photos: Mansuelo Loeri Bomohagasi.

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