Association football player
26 July 1993, Mongomo, Wele-Nzas Province, Río Muni, Equatorial Guinea
Felipe Ovono Ovono Mbang (born 26 July 1993) is an Equatoguinean footballer who recently played for South African club Orlando Pirates as a goalkeeper.
An Equatoguinean international, he was part of the squad at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ovono is the son of Felipe Ovono Meñana Avomo and Josefina Mbang Mba Nkara. His father died when he was very young and since then he was raised by his mother.
He started to play football in a club (Maria Auxiliadora) from the 3rd division and eventually the team got promoted to the second division, and after great performances in the 2nd division, he signed with Sony Elá Nguema of the first division. Ovono won several league titles with this team and consequently started to be part of the national team. In 2012, he was part of the team that played the African cup that was co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. He didn’t play any minute in this competition and the team reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by the finalist Ivory Coast.
In 2013, Ovono signed with Deportivo Mongomo where he became the captain of the team. In his first season with Mongomo, he was honoured with the trophy of best goalkeeper of the league. In 2014, he played the African Cup hosted in Equatorial Guinea and this time he played all the matches of his team. The team ended 4th in the competition. During the competition, Ovono realized great performances against big teams like Gabon, Tunisia, and Congo. And this attracted the attention of several teams from Europe and Africa.
In 2015, Ovono signed with Orlando Pirates from South Africa. He made his competitive debut for Orlando Pirates FC on 22 August 2015 and kept a clean sheet against AC Leopards on CAF Confederations Cup. He has since managed to earn a reputation amongst the Orlando Pirates faithful, as the goalkeeper who always drops and spills the ball straight back to the opposition, often leading to him conceding silly goals. The most recent occurrence was in the MTN 8 quarter final match against Bidvest Wits on 27 August 2016, where the Sea Robbers lost by 2 goals to 1.