Matchprepared James Boriko 22.09.19 SDN 🇸🇩 : EQG 🇬🇶 1-4
The “Nzaland Nacional” (National Thunder) as the national team is called, is somewhat of a posterchild of the country. While the women’s national team has been very successful in the past (two African championships and an appearance at the 2012 Women’s World Cup), the male team has not achieved the same successes so far.
Being the (co-)host of two African Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2015 (“thanks” to the ebola epidemic), the Equatoguinean team had their greatest success, when they advanced to the semi-finals in 2015, albeit due to questionable refereeing decisions.
This year, the team also managed to surprise when they beat both Nigeria and the host nation Ivory Coast in the group and even swept the latter off the pitch
Unfortunately, the team had to admit defeat in the round of 16 when they lost 0-1 to Guinea in the 98th minute of normal time.
The jersey from Spanish manufacturer Brokal is as boring as it is rare.
While Brokal has created some great designs for the Equatorial Guineans in the past, this uninspired piece looks more like a €5 jersey from a junk shop. The visual highlight of the shirt is certainly the nicely embroidered badge, which was somewhat carelessly sewn onto the chest.
Despite all the visual and qualitative flaws, this shirt is an absolute rarity and a great addition to my small Equatorial Guinea collection! This design was only worn once – in an AFCON qualifier against Sudan in 2019. My jersey with the #20 belonged to left winger James Boriko, who normally laces up his boots for CD Llosetense in the Spanish 5th division and was only on the bench for the match against Sudan.