Spain mum on Equatorial Guinea match

Nov 14, 2013, 11:12 AM EST
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, centre, vies for the ball with AC Milan's Riccardo Montolivo during a group H Champions League soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.
AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

MADRID (AP) — Spain's decision to play a soccer game at former colony Equatorial Guinea has drawn the ire of the country's opposition in exile group in Madrid, and left officials of its soccer federation refusing to answer questions about why the game is even being played.

It has also left Spanish players in a difficult spot as they have reportedly refused to pose for photographs with President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who is Africa's longest serving strongman and accused of human rights violations and corruption.

Spanish federation president Angel Maria Villar and the players refused to answer questions on the situation on Thursday as Spain will become the first nation from outside Africa to play in Malabo since Obiang took power.