The Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea completed a double against the Zebras of Botswana, following a 3-2 win this Tuesday in Match Day four of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
Skipper Emelio Nsue, Alexander Balboa and an own goal from Lebogang Ditsele made goals from Elias Mbatsi and Kabelo Seakanyeng count for nothing.
Juan Micha Obiang’s Equatorial Guinea was the better side from start to finish and in the end took a giant step towards qualification for next year’s tournament in Cote D’Ivoire.
The Guineans drew first blood just 13 minutes into the game when skipper Nsue beat the Botswana keeper to get a deserved advantage.
The former Real Mallorca forward received a well-placed pass from Bikoro before firing home.
The visitors dominated and kept the lead till the 38th minute before Mbatsi restored parity.
Lebogang connected with Mbatsi who had time and space to turn and fire into the roof of Jesus Owono’s net.
Lebogang unfortunately beat his own keeper two minutes later to put Equatorial Guinea on the lead again and that lead lasted till the break.
Equatorial Guinea resumed for the second segment as the better side; dominated and came close to scoring twice in five minutes but we’re defied by Phoko Goitseone keeping goal for the Zebras.
Ivan Salvador opened a two advantage for the 2021 AFCON quarter-finalist when he beat Phoko in the 57th minute.
Josete Miranda dribbled past two defenders before feeding Ivan who didn’t need a second invitation.
Bostwana won a penalty and converted through Kabelo 24 minutes from time.
The final moments of the game was characterized by a very offensive approach from both sides, but they didn’t get the reward as it finished 3-2 in favor of the visitors.
The result means Equatorial Guinea provisionally lead Group J with 9 points from three wins in four games while Botswana tail the group with a point. Second-placed Tunisia have 9 points while Libya has 3 points which leaves them on the third spot ahead of their clash tonight.
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