Ganet Says Equatorial Guinea Don’t Need Stars to Perform

Ganet Says Equatorial Guinea Don’t Need Stars to Perform

Equatorial Guinea midfielder Pablo Ganet believes a lack of star players in their squad has helped them to do well. So, among other recent Africa Cup of Nations football news, Ganet says Equatorial Guinea don’t need stars to perform there.

Against all odds, the Nzalang Nacional continued with their fine run in the 33rd edition in Cameroon. They even beat Mali 6-5 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals. And the man of the match against Mali was none other than Pablo Ganet.

Their victory against Les Aigles came after they had also caused an upset in the group stage. Then, they had defeated defending champions Algeria 1-0 at Douala Stadium.

Ganet Says Equatorial Guinea Don’t Need Stars to Perform

And 27-year-old Pablo Ganet feels their fairytale run in Cameroon is a result of their squad not having big-name stars.

“We are a small country,” Ganet, who features for Segunda Division RFEF club Real Murcia, as BBC Sport Africa quote. “We don’t have a star – our star is the team.”

“If they respect us, ok. If they didn’t respect us it is up to them, but we showed our value. We played with our heads.

“I am so happy, I don’t know in English how (to say) tears of emotion. I feel really happy, but not about me, but as a team, because we played as a team and it is in our power.”

Ganet explained their players, most of whom play domestically in Equatorial Guinea, have shown they can fight for positive results. That too, they can take on the best players of the continent (Africa), as they did against Les Aigles.

“In the first half, I have to be honest, I think they played better,” Ganet continued.

“But step by step we got better and I think in extra time we played even better than them. I don’t think they expected that and when they wanted to react it was too late. But Mali is a big team and, in the future, they can go far.”


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