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accommodate more than 15,000 spectators. Currently, it is home

to the country’s national football team.

The stadium was constructed to be compatible with global

standards and was nominated to be one of the key venues to host

the matches of 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. The competition was

jointly hosted by fellow OPEC Member Country Gabon.

Another multipurpose stadium is Estadio Internacional, which

has a capacity of 6,000 and is used predominantly for football

competition.

Football clubs based in the city of Malabo include Sony Ela

Nguema, Cafe Bank Sportif, Renacimiento Fútbol Club, Atlético

Semu and Atlético Malabo.

Basketball is another popular national sport, and the local

favourites are the Malabo Kings, who won the Central Zone divi-

sion of the Africa Basketball Championship in 2013. In 2011, they

achieved a respectable second place ranking.

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Ben Sutherland, Wikimedia Commons

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Facade of a modern convention/conference centre building in the capital city of Malabo.

Football stadium Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.

While Malabo has a long and rich history as Equatorial

Guinea’s capital city and urban centre, construction is well

underway on a new city called Oyala that is set to become

the nation’s new capital in the near future.