Watch the moment Equatorial Guinea perform a brilliant celebration routine after Emilio Nsue scores his first AFCON hat-trick in 16 YEARS against Guinea-Bissau

  • Emilio Nsue scored his first AFCON hat-trick since 2008 on Thursday
  • He was then joined by his teammates in the iconic celebration
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Equatorial Guinea’s Emilio Nsue scored his first African Cup of Nations hat-trick since 2008 against Guinea-Bissau on Thursday – before performing an unforgettable celebration routine with his teammates.

After opening the scoring in the first half, Nsue netted his second six minutes into the second half to go back in front after an own goal from Esteban Orozco Fernandez, then completed his hat-trick in the 61st minute by rounding the keeper before being subbed off. ball into an empty net.

His strike was initially ruled out for offside, but VAR confirmed it was a legitimate goal, leading to wild celebrations from the Equatorial Guinea players.

Each member of the field ran to the corner flag before tucking in their shirts and waiting for midfielder Pablo Ganet to take over the routine.

Ganet, wearing the No. 22 jersey, then jumped up and pretended to aim an imaginary ball to his right, then did the same to his left as his teammates copied.

Equatorial Guinea put on an iconic team celebration led by No22 Pablo Ganet

The celebration came after Emilio Nsue (pictured) completed his hat-trick in a 4-2 win against Guinea-Bissau.

Nsue was harassed by his teammates before they gathered to celebrate

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He then did a Michael Jackson-esque dance move, puffed out his chest, and finished with one last imaginary header to his right.

What exactly inspired the routine is a mystery, but it’s likely to become instantly iconic as it’s never been seen on the world stage before.

Nsue’s hat-trick was the first since Soufiane Alloudi’s Morocco thrashed Namibia 5-1 16 years ago.


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Alloudi’s hat-trick remains the fastest in AFCON history as it was completed in just 28 minutes.

Equatorial Guinea conceded a goal in stoppage time, but still eased up to win 4-2 over their rivals.

They have now taken four points from their opening two Group A games after holding Nigeria to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

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