Equatorial Guinea. According to
COUNTRYAAH, Equatorial Guinea hosted the African
Football Championships in January and February 2015. The
country took over the event at short notice since Morocco
withdrew and wanted to postpone the tournament of fear of
the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Accusations of the government's lack of respect for human
rights and oppression of the opposition as well as
widespread corruption led to some criticism of the election
of Equatorial Guinea as organizer. Three men were arrested,
including blogger and opposition activist Celestino Nvo
Okenve, and held in detention for two weeks since they
called for a boycott of the host. The country's
authoritarian president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was reported
to have personally purchased 40,000 tickets to be
distributed to the poor so that stands would not go empty.
The organizers were fined later when the rioting broke out
during the semi-final between the host country and Ghana and
objects were thrown against the players. Nearly 150 fans
In November, the Zimbabwean press reported that the
country would send military trainers to Equatorial Guinea.
Zimbabwe also assisted with security personnel during the
Obiang Nguema has been collaborating with Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe for about ten years. In 2004,
Zimbabwe stopped a group of alleged mercenaries on their way
to Equatorial Guinea. They were suspected of wanting to
overthrow the regime.