WCQ: 16-year-old striker included in Equatorial Guinea squad to face South Sudan
WCQ: 16-year-old striker included in Equatorial Guinea squad to face South Sudan
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WCQ: 16-year-old striker included in Equatorial Guinea squad to face South Sudan

16-year-old striker Luis Miguel Nlavo has been included in the Equatorial Guinea squad that is set to face South Sudan in next month's World Cup qualifiers.

Nlavo, who turns 17 in November, is among the 25 players that have been summoned by head coach Angel Lopez for the Qatar 2022 preliminaries slated between 2 and 10 September where the Sudanese will host the first leg.

The young striker featured and scored in both legs of their 5-4 aggregate win over Chad in the African Nations Championship qualifiers.

Veteran center-back Rui da Gracia Gomes, 34, has been dropped along with midfielder Carlos Martin Briones, otherwise known as Charly.

Former West ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, now back in Italy with Sassuolo, and captain Emilio Nsue, who plays in Cyprus with Apollon are some of the notable names in the squad.

Equatorial Guinea squad:

Goalkeepers: Aitor Embela (UD Logrones Promesdas, Spain), Jesus Ngua (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Felipe Ovono (Alelegn Azene, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Cosme Abene (Unidad Malabo), Marvin Anieboh (Alcorcon, Spain), Vicente Asumu (Cano Sport Academy), Saul Coco, Igor Engonga (both unattached), Diosdado Mbele (Akonangui), Luis Alberto Meseguer (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), Basilo Ndong (FC Shkupi, North Macedonia)

Midfielders: Ruben Belima (Estoril, Portugal), Federico Bikoro (Real Zaragoza, Spain), James Boriko (Iraklis, Greece), Jannick Buyla (Deportivo Aragon, Spain), Santiago Eneme (Nantes, France), Pablo Ganet (Algericas, Spain), Niko Kata (unattached), Pedro Obiang (Sassuolo, Italy)

Forwards: Kike Boula (Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus), Jordan Gutierrez (UA Horta, Spain), Josete Miranda (Getafe, Spain), Luis Miguel Nlavo (Cano Sport Academy), Emilio Nsue (Apollon Limaasol, Cyprus), Iban Salvador (Fuenlabrada, Spain).

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