Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - The 8th edition of the Women's Football Cup Africa (CAN) 2012 opening match was held at the New Malabo Stadium (Nuevo Estadio de Malabo) on Sunday. The First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, accompanied by the Second Vice President of the Republic, Nguema Obiang Mangue, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, along with other personalities, presided over the ceremony, representing the President of the Republic of H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
New Malabo Stadium is the second largest stadium in Equatorial Guinea and is located at the foot of a lush tropical mountainside, with the sea only a couple of kilometers away. The Equatorial Guinea Girls won by one goal to nil against the difficult South African team in the opening match. The girls played with many difficulties because the field was in poor condition due to the heavy rainfall that took place before the game.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Permanent Mission to the United Nations will host a reception for the celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Accession of National Independence today in New York. Local Queens, New York resident Victor Mooney has been invited for the reception.
"The girls played a strong game and it’s great that we can also celebrate their achievement here", said Mr. Mooney in New York.
This summer, Mr. Mooney, who also serves as executive director of New York based South African Arts International (SAAI), presented Equatorial Guinea government officials a 2010 Official World Cup Match Ball for scoring a goal for an AIDS-free generation.
Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo confirmed his support for shared responsibility and global solidarity in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria at the session on Sustainable Solutions for the AIDS Response in Africa during the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Equatorial Guinea is also funding national programs such as preventive education against AIDS, condom distribution, and financing of anti retrovirals for afflicted populations.
The Equatorial Guinea Girls play the Republic of the Congo on Wednesday. Additional reporting from Equatorial Guinea's Press and Information Office.