Equatorial Guinea’s football team will earn bonus for winning opening match in 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, offered the national football team, nicknamed Nzalang National, a US$1m bonus if they win the opening game of the African Cup of Nations against Libya on Saturday, January 21, 2012 in Bata.
To give the team further incentive, Minister Nguema also offered approximately US$20,000 for every goal the team scores. This bonus was offered when Minister Nguema visited the team on Monday, January 16, 2012.
He did it to motivate the team. “The news has given the players an injection of enthusiasm and morale. It shows the popular support everybody has for the team,” federation spokesman David Monsuy told BBC.
Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama and Ruslan Eyegue Obiang, CEO of the COCAN G.E., also attended the meeting. The group took pictures with the team and coaching staff to promote the incentives.
In addition to the bonus, other teams’ arrivals were also announced. The CAN program released the expected arrivals of different team:
Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 am: Burkina Faso
Wednesday, January 18 at 15:00 pm: North Sudan
Wednesday, January 18 at 16:00 pm: Zambia
Wednesday, January 18 at 17:00 pm: Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire
Wednesday, January 18 at 20:00 pm: Libya
After the game against Libya, Equatorial Guinea will play Senegal on January 25th and Zambia January 29th in Malabo. The 2012 African Cup of Nations will end in Gabon on Sunday, February 12, 2012.