Juvenal welcomes new Equatorial Guinea coach Goikoetxea

Juvenal

Equatorial Guinea captain Juvenal believes the appointment of Andoni Goikoetxea as the new national coach has come at the right time.

Spaniard Goikoetxea, a former international defender, was installed in the job on Sunday, taking over from Gilson Paulo, whose contract expired at the end of February.

"I think it is good for us to have a new coach - it is a new time for the team," Juvenal, who has been capped 21 times by his country, told BBC Sport.

"Goikoetxea has worked hard at different clubs in Spain in his career and he has also coached the Spanish under-19 and under-20 sides.

"He has a lot of experience and I hope he will do a good job with us."

Having failed to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea have set their sights on making it to Brazil for the World Cup in 2014.

But Juvenal admits that Goikoetxea has much work to do to improve the team - and with a draw and a defeat in their qualifying group so far they cannot afford a slow transition.

"The national team needed a fresh coach because there are difficult matches in the future and our recent results have not been good," admitted Juvenal. "There was a problem, the team have played at a poor level.

"Now we have a good new coach and I hope the federation works well with him so he can bring the best group of players together and form a strong team.

"We play Cape Verde (who are bottom of the group) in our next game on 24 March and we need a victory - it is obligatory.

"It is vital we win this match, it could be our last opportunity to make sure we get in a position to qualifying from the group and go through to the next stage of qualification for the World Cup."