Eq Guinea coach Paulo names 2012 Nations Cup squad

Beira-Mar and Equatorial Guinea's Javier Balboa
Beira-Mar's Javier Balboa - who once played for Spanish giants Real Madrid - has been included in the co-hosts' squad for their maiden Africa Cup of Nations

Equatorial Guinea coach Gilson Paulo has named his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Brazilian made his choices just a week after training the tournament co-hosts for the very first time.

Paulo came in at short notice after former coach Henri Michel quit a month before the finals.

One surprise decision was Paulo's omission of former Spain Under-18 international Ivan Zarandona, now 31, from the squad.

Several naturalised players also make the squad, along them Brazilian-born Danilo Emanuel, Liberian-born Lawrence Doe and Cameroonian-born Thierry Fidjeu.

Equatorial Guinea - nicknamed the Nzalang Nacional - will be making their debut at the competition when they kick off the finals against Libya on 21 January.

Senegal and Zambia will provide their other opponents in Group A.

Rodolfo Bodipo will captain a side ranked in 150th place by world football governing body Fifa.

Equatorial Guinea squad:

Goalkeepers: Danilo Emanuel (America, Brazil), Felipe Ovono (Sony de Ela Nguema), Achil Pensi Muokembe (The Panthers)

Defenders: Lawrence Sokota Doe (Al Shabab, Oman), Jose Bokung (Deportivo de Mongomo), Rui Fernando da Gracia Gomes (Logrones, Spain), David Álvarez (Langreo, Spain), Armando Sipoto Buale (Badajoz, Spain), Raúl Ivan Fabiani Bosio (C. D. Alcoyano, Spain)

Midfielders: Ben Esono Konate (The Panthers), Daniel Vazquez Evuy (Villaviciosa, Spain), Rolan de la Cruz Biyogo (Fortaleza, Colombia), Juvenal Edjogo Owono (Sabadell, Spain), Narcisse Ekanga Amia (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Raúl Juan Máximo Eyama (Deportivo de Mongomo), Jose Javier Balboa Osa (SC Beira-Mar, Portugal), Fousseiny Kamissoko (Al Shabab, Oman)

Forwards: Ellong Douwala Viera (Sony de Ela Nguema), Rodolfo Bodipo (Deportivo de A Coruna, Spain), Ivan Bolado Palacios (Cartagena, Spain), Iban 'Randy' Iyanga (Union Deportiva Las Palmas, Spain), Thierry Fidjeu Tazemeta (Konyaspor, Turkey), Daniel-Bladimir Ekedo (San Roque de Lepe, Spain)

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