Legendary captain Emelio Nsue converted a late penalty this Saturday in Malabo as the Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea edged the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 1-0 in match day five of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier to qualify for the Cote D’Ivoire soccer frenzy.
The Guineans were made to sweat, but found a breakthrough in the 85th minute as skipper scored his 13th goal for his country to seal the three points that confirmed they will be on the plane to Cote D’Ivoire.
The visitors made it a tough afternoon for the thousands of home fans at the Estadio de Malabo.
Coach Juan Micha Obiang’s side pushful but careful all afternoon, holding in mind their 4-0 defeat in the reversed fixture.
Though chances were few and far between, the hosts had their breakthrough in the 81st minute.
Jose Antonio Miranda was fouled by Wadji Kechrida. The resulting penalty was converted by Nsue to ensure Equatorial Guinea be at their fourth AFCON tournament in Cote D’Ivoire.
Quarter-finalist in the last tournament in Cameroon, the central African nation will be one of the teams to watch next January in Cote D’Ivoire.
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