BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Just two Sundays from now, the Super Eagles will again be in action as the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in 2024 enters the second day.
The Super Eagles will face a rare opponents in Equatorial Guinea whom they had faced only twice at competitive level.
Equatorial Guinea coach, Juan Micha Obiang has included a player with Nigerian parentage in his team’s 27-man arsenal. He is Mavin Jose Anieboh who plays for Segunda Federacion club, CD Illescas and has a Nigerian Urhobo father and Equatorial Guinea mother. He also qualifies to play for Spain, if selected , as he was born in Madrid and has Spanish descent through his maternal grandfather.
Mavin Jose Anieboh, the Nigerian blood in the Equatorial Guinea squad
This Africa Cup of Nations will be Equatorial Guinea’s fourth participation and they will face Nigeria first before playing against Guinea Bissau in their second match and Cote d’Ivoire in the last Group A match.
The 27 Equatorial Guinea players called up for the Africa Cup of Nations
Goalkeepers: Jesus Lazaro Owono, Manuel Sapunga and Aitor Mbela Gil
Defenders: Basilio Ndong Owono, Carlos Akapo Martinez, Hugo Buyla Sam, Charles Nduelvisi Ondo, Saúl Basilio Coco, Mavin Jose Anieboh, Nestor Senra, José Elo Ayeto and
Midfielders: Yannick Buyla, Luis Miguel Nlavo, Alex Balboa Banderas, Federico Bikoro, Iban Salvador Edu, José Machin Dicombo, Santiago Eneme Bocari, José Miranda Boacho, Pablo Ganet Comitre and Federico Nguema
Attackers: Noe Nsue Ela, Emilio Nsue Lopez, Salomon Asumu Obama, Oscar Siafa and José Nabil Ondo