Gabon national football team

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Gabon
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Panthères
(The Panthers)
Association Fédération Gabonaise de Football
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Claude Albert Mbourounot (caretaker)
Captain Edmond Mouele
Home stadium Stade Omar Bongo
FIFA code GAB
FIFA ranking 87 Decrease -2
Highest FIFA ranking 30 (July 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 125 (April 2005)
Elo ranking 87
Highest Elo ranking 63 (November 1996)
Lowest Elo ranking 123 (June 2004)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Upper Volta 5–4 Gabon Gabon
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Gabon 7–0 Benin 
(Libreville, Gabon; 2 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Cameroon 6–0 Gabon Gabon
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 26 December 1961)
 Morocco 6–0 Gabon Gabon
(Rabat, Morocco; 15 November 2006)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 5 (First in 1994)
Best result Quarter-finals: 1996 & 2012

The Gabon national football team, nicknamed Les Panthères (The Panthers), is the national team of Gabon and is controlled by the Fédération Gabonaise de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals, but have qualified five times for the Africa Cup of Nations.[1]

History[edit]

Gabon made its debut in April 1960 by entering the L'Amitié tournament for French-speaking countries, held in Madagascar. They played in the first round on 13 April against the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), who were also making their debut,[2] and lost 5-4. They did not play another match until the next time the tournament was staged, in April 1963 in Senegal. and were drawn in a group with the Upper Volta, France's amateur team, and the Gambia. They opened on 11 April by defeating the Upper Volta 4-0, and then lost 3-0 to the French team two days later. On 15 April, Gabon drew 2-2 against the Gambia and was knocked out.

After the 1962 tournament in Senegal, Gabon did not play a match until August 1965, when they hosted two friendlies against Nigeria, drawing 2-2 on 28 August and losing 4-1 the next day. In 1967, Gabon entered qualification for the football at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Japan, and was drawn in a two-legged qualifier versus Guinea. They drew the first leg 0-0 at home on 18 June but lost 6-1 away on 9 July and were knocked out.

Following the Olympic qualifiers, Gabon played a friendly in Dahomey (now Benin) on 24 August 1969 and lost 1-0. In November 1970 they entered their first African Cup of Nations qualifier for the 1972 tournament in Ethiopia and were put into a two-legged qualifier versus the Ivory Coast. Gabon lost their home leg 2-1 on 8 November, and after losing 1-0 on 22 November in the Ivory Coast were knocked out. On 19 June 1971, Gabon hosted a qualifier for the football at the 1972 Summer Olympics in West Germany, and were knocked out after losing 3-2 to Cameroon.[3]

In 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon shocked Cameroon 1-0, but failed to progress after a loss to Zambia. In 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, they won all their group matches: 2-0 against Niger, 3-2 against Morocco, and 1-0 against Tunisia. Eventually they lost 5-4 in penalties (1-1 a.e.t) in the quarterfinal against Mali, after a penalty missed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese team participate in the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers with Niger, Burkina Faso, and Congo. For the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon has been drawn to qualify against Togo.

Honours[edit]

UNIFAC Cup :

  • Champions: 1999

UDEAC Championship :

  • Champions: 1985, 1988
  • Runner-up: 1989

CEMAC Cup :

  • Champions: 2013
  • Runner-up: 2007

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the match vs. Morocco.
Caps and goals updated as 25 March, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Didier Ovono (1983-01-23) 23 January 1983 (age 31) 67 0 Belgium Oostende
1GK Yves Bitséki (1983-04-23) 23 April 1983 (age 30) 12 0 Gabon Bitam
1GK Anthony Mfa Mezui (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 23) 3 0 France Metz
2DF Bruno Ecuele Manga (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 25) 41 5 France Lorient
2DF Erwin Nguéma (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 25) 14 1 Gabon Bitam
2DF Aaron Appindangoyé (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 22) 15 1 Gabon Mounana
2DF Benjamin Zé Ondo (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 26) 5 0 Algeria ES Sétif
2DF Yrondu Musavu-King (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 3 0 France Uzès Pont du Gard
2DF Johann Obiang (1993-07-05) 5 July 1993 (age 20) 0 0 France Châteauroux
3MF André Poko (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 22 1 France Bordeaux
3MF Lloyd Palun (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 25) 16 0 France Nice
3MF Franck Engonga (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 20) 10 0 Gabon Mounana
3MF Samson Mbingui (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 22) 9 1 Gabon Mangasport
3MF Merlin Tandjigora (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 24) 7 0 France Carquefou
3MF Ibrahim N'Dong (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 19) 5 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
3MF Alexander N'Doumbou (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 22) 5 0 France Marseille
3MF Frédéric Bulot (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Wombo Biteghe 0 0 Gabon Missile
3MF Cédric Biyoghé (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif
4FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 24) 31 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund
4FW Romaric Rogombé (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 23) 9 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards
4FW Johann Lengoualama (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 21) 4 1 Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi
4FW Malick Evouna (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 21) 3 2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
4FW Serge Angoue (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Nogueirense

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Gabon squad within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Williams Loussoueke (1987-08-12) 12 August 1987 (age 26) 0 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Paulin Nzambi (1981-05-05) 5 May 1981 (age 32) 0 0 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Yanne Bidonga (1979-03-20) 20 March 1979 (age 35) 7 0 Gabon Mangasport v.  Niger, 15 June 2013
DF Edmond Mouelé (1982-02-18) 18 February 1982 (age 32) 26 0 Gabon Mangasport 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Cyrille Avebe (1977-02-03) 3 February 1977 (age 37) 5 0 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Martin Ndong (1988-06-28) 28 June 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Gabon Mangasport 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Farel Mounguengui (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Jean-René Nzé (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Gabon Sapins 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Rémy Ebanega (1989-11-17) 17 November 1989 (age 24) 13 1 France Auxerre v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
DF Henri Ndong (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 21) 4 0 France Auxerre v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
DF Randal Oto’o (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Portugal Leixões v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
DF Moïse Brou (1982-02-04) 4 February 1982 (age 32) 35 1 Gabon Mangasport v.  Niger, 15 June 2013
MF Alain Djissikadié (1977-01-05) 5 January 1977 (age 37) 47 2 Gabon Bitam 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Tchen Kabi (1986-04-27) 27 April 1986 (age 27) 6 0 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Emmanuel Ndong (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 21) 6 0 Gabon Bitam 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Lionel Yacouya (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 23) 6 0 Gabon Bitam 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Knox Ness-Younga (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 19) 2 0 Gabon Mounana 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Dieudonne Nkoume-Kemba (1991-04-10) 10 April 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Gabon Mounana 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Paul Kessany (1985-03-16) 16 March 1985 (age 29) 43 0 Gabon Mangasport v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
MF Lévy Madinda (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 21) 19 1 Spain Celta Vigo v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
MF Willy Aubameyang (1987-02-16) 16 February 1987 (age 27) 10 0 Gabon Sapins v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
MF Guélor Kanga (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 23) 9 0 Russia Rostov v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
MF Robert Nsimba (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 28) 2 0 Gabon Mounana v.  Cameroon, 28 July 2013
MF Éric Mouloungui (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 (age 30) 36 7 Unattached v.  Niger, 15 June 2013
FW Bonaventure Sokambi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 9 2 Gabon Mounana 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Duval N'Zembi (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 25) 6 1 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Romuald Ntsitsigui (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Gabon Mangasport 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Davy Mayoungou (1993-10-27) 27 October 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Gabon Mounana 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Fabrice Do Marcolino (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 31) 24 4 France Carquefou v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
FW Ulrich Boucka (1990-07-04) 4 July 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Gabon Bongoville v.  Cape Verde, 14 August 2013

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