- Address: Malabo
- Country: Equatorial Guinea
- Capacity: 15,000
- Opened: 2007
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Estadio de Malabo
The Estadio de Malabo is located on the site of a former venue where political opponents of Francisco Macías Nguema, the inaugural president of Equatorial Guinea, were executed by a firing squad in 1969. The national football team of Equatorial Guinea played numerous matches at the Estadio de Malabo. In 2012, they played their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations games. Javier Ángel Balboa Osa, Ibán Iyanga Travieso and David Álvarez Aguirre scored for Equatorial Guinea in their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations participation.
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
In 2012, the Estadio de Malabo hosted its first Africa Cup of Nations matches. The African championship for national football teams took place in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon that year. The first Africa Cup of Nations game at the Estadio de Malabo took place on 22 January 2012. The national football team of the Côte d’Ivoire won the match after beating Sudan 1-0. The Ivorian football legend Didier Yves Drogba Tébily scored the only goal in the continental championship game.
Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
Drogba played professional football for the French clubs Le Mans FC, EA Guingamp and Olympique de Marseille. He also played professional football for the English club Chelsea, the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, the Turkish club Galatasaray and the Canadian club which is currently known as CF Montréal. Didier Yves Drogba Tébily ended his professional football career with the Phoenix Rising from the United States. He won the prestigious UEFA Champions League once before he ended his senior football career. Drogba won the European championship for football clubs with Chelsea Football Club in 2012. That year, he scored for Chelsea against the German side FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League final.