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Nsue hat-trick fires Equatorial Guinea top of Group A

Emilio Nsue grabbed a sensational hat-trick as Equatorial Guinea defeated Guinea-Bissau 4-2 in their TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash in Abidjan on Thursday.

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Emilio Nsue grabbed a sensational hat-trick as Equatorial Guinea defeated Guinea-Bissau 4-2 in their TotalEnergies CAF  Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash in Abidjan on Thursday.

The captain 

After a cagey opening, Equatorial Guinea took the lead when Nsue pounced on a defensive error to slot home on 20 minutes. 

But Guinea-Bissau hit back through an Esteban Orozco own goal forced by Franculino Dju’s pressure to level on 37 minutes.

The Nzalang Nacional retook the lead straight after half-time when Josete Miranda fired home following a long goal kick.

Nsue then punished more sloppy defending to bag his second on 51 minutes and sealed his hat-trick just after the hour mark with an emphatic finish.

Guinea-Bissau pulled one back deep in added time through Ze Turbo but it only served as a consolation.

Nsue became the first player to score a AFCON finals treble since Morocco’s Soufiane Alloudi against Namibia in 2008.  

The thumping win fires Equatorial Guinea top of Group A on four points ahead of Cote d’Ivoire’s clash with Nigeria later on Thursday.

“This was a complete performance and gets our campaign back on track,” said Nzalang Nacional coach Juan Micha.

With one games remaining, Equatorial Guinea now stand on the brink of a second straight appearance in the AFCON knockout stage.

On this evidence, with star man Nsue in scintillating form, they have the firepower to concern any defence left in the tournament.

Aaron Mubangahttps://zambianfootball.co.zm
Aaron Mubanga is a qualified Environmental Health Technologist| Editor in Chief of Zambia's biggest all local football website ZamFoot| Player manager for Copper Queens duo of Barbra Banda and Evarine Susan Katongo |Brand Ambassador for Betway|Talent Scout| Women's Football Ambassador| Blogger | Football Writer|

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