Taifa Stars AFCON opponents appoint new coach, announce squad

09Nov 2019
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Taifa Stars AFCON opponents appoint new coach, announce squad

TANZANIA’s opponents in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Equatorial Guinea, have appointed Sebastien Migne as the national team’s new coach ahead of next week's clash with Taifa Stars.

Equatorial Guinea Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) president, Gustavo Ndong Ed Akumu (R), hands over the country’s national team’s jersey to newly appointed coach, Sebastien Migne, at the federation’s headquarters in Conakry recently. AGENCIES

Taifa Stars will entertain Equatorial Guinea in the first match of the Group J of the continental qualifiers at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam next week.

The French tactician replaces Angelo Lopez who resigned in September and the news of his appointment was first made public on his official Facebook page.

“New mission, new country, a new challenge. Official, I’m the new coach of Equatorial Guinea,” Migne said on his Facebook page.

"I do not promise results, but hard work. I cannot say that I already know all the players of the national team, but I have been fortunate to follow the friendly Nzalang had with Togo in France and I can say that I have a good team My plan is to meet with all the coaches in the country, to convey my work philosophy. It is the way we can do a teamwork,” he said.

His appointment was later confirmed by the Equatorial Guinea Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) president, Gustavo Ndong Ed Akumu, through an official statement.

"We welcome you to Equatorial Guinea and wish you all the luck in the world, so that this new adventure is full of joys.

We have signed with you for your experience in African football and for your initiative to work from the base to achieve great achievements,” Akumu said when he introduced the new coach.

Migne is expected to lead Equatorial Guinea in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Equatorial Guinea are in Group J along with Tanzania, Tunisia and Libya.

His first match in charge of the side will be on 15 November when they travel to face Taifa Stars in their Group J Clash to be played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

In Tanzania, Migne will be remembered for guiding Kenya’s senior national team, nicknamed Harambee Stars, to a 3-2 victory over Taifa Stars in the AFCON 2019 finals’ group stage match.

However, Taifa Stars had the last laugh when they eliminated Migne’s Harambee Stars out of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification race, a result which led to his sacking in August.

Equatorial Guinea had been one of the lowest ranked African teams until 2012 when they co-hosted the AFCON tournament with Gabon and in 2015 they finished at a respectable fourth place to catapult themselves into continental recognition.

In related development, a 26-man Equatorial Guinea squad set to face Tanzania has been announced.

The squad will be captained by Cyprus based striker, Emilio Nsue, and contains 14 Spain-based players.

Goalkeepers: Felipe Ovono (Mekelle, Ethiopia) Aitor Embela (Figueres, Spain) Jesús Owono, (San Ignacio, Spain)

Defenders: Igor Engonga (Doxa Drama, Greece) Basilio Ndong (Shkupi, North Macedonia) Carlos Akapo (Cádiz, Spain) Miguel Ángel Nzang (Deportivo Niefang ) Luis Meseguer (Rayo Vallecano B, Spain ) Jorge Akapo ( Deportivo Unidad ) Vicente Asumu (Cano Sport ), Esteban Obiang ( Sant Rafel, Spain ) Marvin Anieboh (Alcorcón B, Spain )

Midfielders: Federico Bikoro (Zaragoza, Spain) Rubén Belima, (Estoril, Portugal) Pablo Ganet, (Algeciras, Spain) Nicolás Kata (Real Unión, Spain) José Machín (Pescara, Italy) Pedro Obiang (Sassuolo, Italy) Jannick Buyla (Zaragoza B, Spain)

Forwards: Kike Boula (Ermis, Cyprus) Emilio Nsué (Apollon, Cyprus) Iban Salvador (Fuenlabrada, Spain) José Miranda (Getafe B, Spain) Pedro Oba (Futuro Kings) Jordan Nsang, (Peña Deportiva, Spain) Joanet López (Lleida Esportiu, Spain).

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