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AFCON 2023: Equatorial Guinea Draw Against Djibouti In Friendly, Go 10 Games Unbeaten

AFCON 2023: Equatorial Guinea Draw Against Djibouti In Friendly, Go 10 Games Unbeaten

Equatorial Guinea was held to a 1-1 draw by Djibouti in a friendly game played in Malabo on Tuesday, 9 January.

The friendly is part of preparations for Equatorial Guinea ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Following the draw, Equatorial Guinea have now gone 10 games without defeat, recording five wins and five draws.

Nzalang Nacional are in Group A alongside Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Guinea-Bissau.

On Sunday, 14 January, they will take on the Eagles in their first game of the competition.

This is their fourth AFCON appearance since debuting as co-host in 2012.

Their best performance was a fourth place finish when they hosted the 2015 edition.

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  • Last defeated by Cameroon in September 2022 in CHAN qualifiers.

    Togo, Botswana, Libya, Tunisia, Burkina faso, Namibia and Rwanda were subsequent opponents.

    Since they have had 5 wins and 5 draws,

    Goals for: 12
    Against: 6

    Clean sheets: 6 (out of 10!)

    Nigerian contrast:

    Since Ghana also knocked us out in CHAN qualifiers as Cameroon did Eq. Guinea at the same time (Peserio had since taken charge in May with defeats to Mexico and Ecuador and wins against Sierra Leone and Sao tome first mauling),

    Eagles have played 12 matches
    Wins 4
    Draws 3
    Lost 5

    Goals for: 18
    Against: 19 (Portugal and Fernandez were really unkind)

    And only 2 clean sheets in those 12 matches.

    If eagles like, they should not bury their chances on Sunday and be looking for their AFCON moments.

    • The stats hide the reality of how close Nigeria came to win more games under Peseiro. As you allude to, Nigeria need to convert more of the goal scoring chances they create. They also need to be tight at the back and more imaginative in the middle.

      This team have it in them to spring surprises. Writing them off based on stats might yet prove premature.

      • I think the major problem is not taken their chances. The last match against guinea is another case. Even against Portugal we lost chances that would have brought us back into the game. I don’t believe in bad luck but is bad luck working against pesero.

  • If Una like Analyse from today until Tomorrow.

    Nigeria aint doing much this AFCON our Preparations have been Hampered with the Injuries to 2 Really Key Players. It is unfortunate I can not remember the Last Time Nigeria had the good Fortune of taking a full strength squad to any meaningful games players will be fit for mumu Friendlies. Come games and tournaments that will give us bragging rights, then Key players will start falling by the wayside. Mtcheeew!!!!!.

    P.S. Nigerians need to lower expectations and be realistic and if we fail We need to be honest with ourselves and realise that we need to make decisions that will bring us good favour. Corruption and Injustice can never amount to good favour.

    P.S. Coach Drop Musa and and Draft in Orban or Tella

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