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Afcon 2021: Equatorial Guinea ‘show group esteem’ in hurry to last eight – Pablo Ganet

Equatorial Guinea have progressed to at least the quarter-finals on all three of their appearances at the Nations Cup

Equatorial Guinea have progressed to at least the quarter-finals on all three of their appearances at the Nations Cup

Tropical Guinea midfielder Pablo Ganet says his side’s group ethic more than compensates for the absence of large names in their crew.

The Nzalang Nacional (National Thunder) beat Mali on punishments on Wednesday to arrive at the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The success saw Equatorial Guinea, who are positioned 114th on the planet, keep on disturbing the chances after their well known 1-0 win over the reigning champs Algeria in the gathering stages.

“We are a little country. We don’t have a star – our star is the group,”

Ganet said after the last 16 success.

“Assuming they regard us, alright. In the event that they didn’t regard us it is dependent upon them, yet we showed our worth. We played with our heads.

“I am so blissful, I don’t know in English how (to say) tears of feeling. I feel truly cheerful, yet not with regards to me, but rather as a group since we played collectively and it is an option for us.”

Mentor Juan Micha added:

“It’s notable for us to get this far and it comes after phenomenal work by my players.”

Pablo Ganet (left) scored Equatorial Guinea’s winner against Sierra Leone in the group stage

Tropical Guinea delved in against Mali to get a 0-0 draw after additional time, with Ganet, who plays for Real Murcia in the fourth level of Spanish football, named man of the match in Limbe.

The 27-year-old concedes that while the Eagles were on top for huge pieces of the match and partook in most of ownership, his side – the vast majority of whom play in the lower associations around Europe – never surrendered.

“In the primary half, I must be straightforward, I think they played better,”

he said.

“Be that as it may, bit by bit we improved and I think in additional time we played surprisingly better than them. I don’t think they expected that and when they needed to respond it was past the point of no return. However, Mali is a major group and later on they can go far.”

Twenty-year-old goalkeeper Jesus Owono has kept three clean sheets at the Nations Cup

Central Guinea, whose main two different appearances at the Nations Cup have come as competition hosts or co-has, presently face Senegal in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Resigned previous global Juvenal Edjogo said he felt “magnified” after goalkeeper Jesus Owonu saved two punishments against Mali to get their advancement.

The 20-year-old, who plays for Deportivo Alaves, had additionally saved a spot-kick in their last gathering match against Sierra Leone to secure a spot in the last 16.

“Their exhibition in Cameroon has been amazing,”

midfielder Edjogo, who played at the 2012 and 2015 Nations Cups, told BBC Sport Africa.

Equatorial Guinea go through as Group E runners-up

“Protectively they are awesome and have just yielded one objective in four games. We have a decent youthful manager [who could play] for the following 10 years.

“The following match against Senegal will be similarly as hard – or considerably harder – and they should attempt to jump on their chances.”

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