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Equatorial Guinea coach questions FEGUIFUT on Nsue, Salvador suspension

Equatorial Guinea head coach Juan Micha wants the football federation (FEGUIFUT), to further explain their decision to suspend Emilio Nsue and Iván Salvador from the national team.

The two pivotal players have been banned for indiscipline at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, according to the football federation’s statement.

In an interview with the TVGE,  Micha asserts he does not acknowledge Nsue’s indiscipline in the report.

Furthermore, the gaffer questioned the decision to suspend Salvador, stating, “Sometimes when one tells the truth, it is said that he is undisciplined.”

“I am surprised that it is said that as a result of my report, the players have been suspended. If the federation suspends him [Ivan Salvador], it can be admitted, but the issue of Emilio, I don’t know, I don’t know what happened.”

Regarding Nsue’s alleged indiscipline at the airport, Micha insisted on relying solely on his report for validation, emphasizing the need for detailed reasons when labelling a player as undisciplined.

Micha concluded, “When it is said that one is undisciplined, the reasons must be detailed. If Emilio commits indiscipline, it must be said that he has incurred in such and such an aspect. But one must also understand that when one speaks the truth, it is said that one is undisciplined.”

Nsue won the Golden Boot award at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after finishing the tournament as top scorer with 5 goals in 4 appearances.

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Emilio Nsue fired back at the authorities on Wednesday during a live session with fans on Instagram.

“Before the match against Nigeria, the players did not have any outfits ready. The equipment used in the national team is paid by the players and not the Federation.

The FA threatened certain local players and taking money from them but I said, no and this is unfair and they humiliated me and thrown me out. The National team is above everything and everyone.”

These crooks, cancerous, corrupt people took a million euros.

They promised the players that a part of the money from the Afcon would go into local football in Equatorial Guinea.

“The only congratulations I received when I got my top scorer award came from the Ivorian authorities. My country has been ungrateful to me.”

The playing body show support to their skipper.

Equatorial Guinea players are not going quiet over the suspension of their captain Emilio Nsue and playmaker Iban Edu.

They also want the FA to respond to the disappearance of bonuses worth $800,000 and the fact that they were excluded from their hotel at their pre-AFCON camping because the FA had not paid the bill.

With qualifiers for Afcon 2025 set to begin in 2025, the central government will be demanding answers over these allegations from FEGUIFUT.


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