Equatorial Guinea set to appoint new coach
Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea have parted ways with their manager Andoni Goikoetxea only weeks ahead of the tournament’s opener.
Barely three weeks to the showpiece, the latest news coming from the West Africa nation is that they won’t renew their national coach Andoni Goikoetxea’s contract.
The former Rayo Vallecano boss’s contract ended on December 31 and the decision not to retain him comes a time when Equatorial Guinea FA appointed a new head Andres Jorge Mbomio on Thursday.
The main reason given for his sacking by the Mbomio-led body was that Goikoetxea broke his contract clause by not travelling to Portugal with the Nzalang Nacional on December 16. The 2012 co-hosts lost to fourth-tier Vilafranquense and Benfica’s B team in recent friendlies there.
And according to latest reports by BBC, the retired Spanish footballer Goikoetxea is likely to be replaced by Argentine Esteban Becker. Becker, 50, is currently the technical staff head of the women’s team of Equatorial Guinea.
The 2012 quarterfinalists Equatorial Guinea are set to face Burkina Faso, Congo and Gabon in Group A for the January 17 – February 8 tournament.