Despite beating the odds to defeat Africa Cup of Nations defending champions Algeria on Sunday, Equatorial Guinea head coach Juan Obiang has asserted his charges are already preparing for the next one against Sierra Leone.
Esteban Fernandez Obiang’s sole goal sunk the Desert Warriors at the Japoma Stadium to put Nzalang Nacional in a good position to qualify for the knockout phase.
The West African side are second in Group E with three points, one adrift of leaders Ivory Coast who are also yet to secure qualification.
Obiang, although delighted with the win over one of Africa’s finest footballing nations, insists that the fight is still on till passage to the round of 16 is secured.
“I am delighted with this victory against a great and beautiful team from Algeria, it was not an easy match but we managed to build our victory,” he started.
“The qualification for the next round is not yet acquired and tomorrow we will project ourselves on the match against Sierra Leone. The objective is to get a very good result,” he buoyantly stressed.
Equatorial Guinea forward Ivan Edu Salvador, who was selected man of the match by CAF praised the spirit exhibited by his teammates in securing the three points.
“I am very happy with this distinction, in each match, I try to give the best of myself sometimes it works like today, sometimes it doesn’t. Tonight beyond me, it was the group that went for this victory, it was the team that won the match and this award.”
Not even one team is assured of a place in the knockouts in this group and none is yet to exit Cameroon as well.
The final bouts in this group, which will as well present judgement day for all the nations, will return on January 20 as Equatorial Guinea takes on Sierra Leone while Ivory Coast locks horns with Algeria.