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Equatorial Guinea set to appoint Becker as coach

From: BBC Sports

Africa Cup of Nations hosts, Equatorial Guinea, are set to appoint Esteban Becker to replace Andoni Goikoetxea as Head Coach.

Equatorial Guinea have opted not to renew Coach Goikoetxea's contract, which expired 31 December.

The country's football association (FEGUIFUT) claims Goikoetxea breached his contract by not travelling along with the team to Portugal on 16 December.

As a result, Goikoetxea was sacked, a decision sanctioned by new FEGUIFUT President, Andres Jorge Mbomio.

Equatorial Guinea have just over two weeks with the team before they kick off the Nations Cup against Congo on 17 January.

Argentine Becker, 50, was previously in charge of Equatorial Guinea's women team he led to the 2012 Nations Cup title.

Becker would lead his new team against Burkina Faso, Gabon and Congo in Group A.

Equatorial Guinea stepped in as last-minute replacements for original hosts, Morocco, who failed in their plea to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Morocco had appealed to CAF to postpone the tournament, because of fears over the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

As a result, Equatorial Guinea were handed Morocco's place at the finals, despite having been eliminated during the qualifying rounds after they were penalized for fielding an ineligible player.

 


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