Equatorial Guinea, Sudan eye redemption in Bata

Equatorial Guinea, Sudan eye redemption in Bata
Iban Randy Iyanga of Equatorial Guinea and Cedrick Mabwati of DR Congo during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd Place football match between DR Congo and Equatorial Guinea at the Malabo Stadium in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 7 February 2015

by Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 07, 2018. 13:46

Equatorial Guinea and Sudan will be eager to bounce back to winning ways when they lock horns in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Estadio de Bata in Bata on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

Both teams lost their Group A opener last year and will be aiming to register their first win of the campaign when they meet at the venue of the 2015 Afcon final.

Equatorial Guinea suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Senegal in their opening game of the campaign. Nzalang Nacional, who finished fourth on home soil three years ago, are on a four-game losing streak having lost 1-0 to Kenya in their most recent encounter.

Their only two appearances at an Afcon tournament came by virtue of them being hosts. Besides that fourth place finish, Equatorial Guinea reached the quarterfinal stage six years ago.

Sudan suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat to Madagascar in their opening game of the qualifiers. The 1970 champions are now in huge danger of missing out on a place at next year's tournament in Cameroon.

The Falcons of Jediane have qualified for eight Afcon tournaments in their history. Sudan reached the quarterfinal stage in their most recent appearance at Africa's premier competition back in 2012.

Refeeree Hélder Martins de Carvalho of Angola will take charge of the clash.

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