Africa Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea appoint new coach

Esteban Becker
Esteban Becker with the Equatorial Guinean fans (Photo: Esteban Becker official website)
Ahram Online
Tuesday 6 Jan 2015
Just 11 days before the tournament starts, Equatorial Guinea announced their replacement for coach Andoni Goikoetxea who was sacked last week

African Nations Cup hosts Equatorial Guinea have picked Esteban Becker as their coach to replace Andoni Goikoetxea, 11 days before the tournament kicks off.

Argentine Becker, who was previously the coach of Equatorial Guinea's women's team, started his coaching career at RSD Alcalá in 2000. The 50-year-old also led S.S. Reyes, Ciempozuelos, Fuenlabrada and San Fernando.

Goikoetxea departed on Thursday after the election of a new president for the Equatorial Guinea Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) last week.

New president Andres Jorge Mbomio sacked Goikoetxea, a former Spanish international who had been in charge for the last two years, claiming the coach broke his contract when he abandoned the team's travel to Portugal on 16 December.

Goikoetxea, who earned infamy in his playing days as a tough-tackling defender dubbed the 'Butcher of Bilbao', tweeted a thank you note to players "for their work and many good results."

But failure in a recent regional competition plus defeat in two warm-up games in Portugal last week likely hastened his departure.

Equatorial Guinea, who last month stepped in as emergency host of the African championship in place of Morocco, have been preparing in Portugal but lost to fourth tier Villafranquense and Benfica's B team.

The hosts play Congo in the opening game of the 16-team tournament in Bata on 17 January. They will also meet Burkina Faso and Gabon in Group A matches.

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