AFCON top scorer Emilio Nsue retires from national team after fallout

Emilio Nsue retires from national team || Imago

AFCON top scorer Emilio Nsue retires from national team after fallout

Stephen Oladehinde 19:36 - 22.02.2024

In a dramatic turn of events, Equatorial Guinea's captain Emilio Nsue has decided to hang up his boots on the international stage.

This announcement comes in the wake of a suspension handed down by his national football association, citing misconduct, with the nation's vice president, Teodora Nguema, breaking the news on X.

Nsue's decision marks the end of an era for the Nzalang Nacional, leaving fans and teammates to reflect on his significant impact over more than a decade.

Nsue's Farewell: An Era to Remember

Nsue's journey with Equatorial Guinea has been nothing short of phenomenal, climaxing with a Golden Boot win at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, where he netted five goals—all in the group stage.

His transition to the national team in 2013, after a youth career with Spain, was a boon for Equatorial Guinea. Nsue leaves behind a legacy as the nation's all-time top scorer, with 22 goals from 44 caps, making him a true footballing icon for the country.

Emilio Nsue retires from national team || Imago
Emilio Nsue retires from national team || Imago

Teodora Nguema's acknowledgement of Nsue's retirement reflects the profound respect and gratitude the nation holds for him. "After discussions, captain Emilio Nsue López has declared his retirement from the national team.

I acknowledge his contributions over the 12 years he has represented the Nzalang Nacional and wish him success in his future endeavours," Nguema stated, as reported by Afrosportsnow, encapsulating the end of a significant chapter in Equatorial Guinea's football history.

Nsue's storied career, which saw stints with notable clubs like Middlesbrough and Birmingham City, was adorned with memorable moments, especially at the AFCON tournaments.

His participation in four editions (2015, 2019, 2021, and 2023) and leading Equatorial Guinea to the knockout stages each time, cement his legacy as a pivotal figure in the national team's ascent on the African football stage.