Equatorial Guinea players pose for a team photo ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 group A football match between Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe, Abidjan on January 22, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP) (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Following their impressive 4-0 victory over Ivory Coast in Group A on Monday night, the Equatorial Guinea team has been rewarded with a remarkable €1 million by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Additionally, Tuesday was declared a public holiday in celebration of the team’s success. This victory allowed the West African side to finish first in their group, ahead of Nigeria and Ivory Coast, respectively.

It has been reported that the president’s son, Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, has also promised the team a generous €200,000 (R4.1 million) bonus. This amounted to €50,000 (R1 million) for each goal scored against Ivory Coast on Monday. The 34-year-old vice-president, who was born in Spain, had an exceptional performance in this year’s AFCON. He scored a hat-trick in their previous 4-2 win against Guinea-Bissau, and followed it up with two more goals against Ivory Coast.

As a result of their success, Nsue and his teammates have advanced to the round of 16, where they will face Guinea on 28 January.

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