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 Jorge Costa
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Home stadium Stade Omar Bongo
FIFA code GAB
FIFA ranking 83 Increase 19 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 30 (July 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 125 (April 2005)
Elo ranking 91
Highest Elo ranking 63 (November 1996)
Lowest Elo ranking 123 (June 2004)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Upper Volta 5–4 Gabon 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Gabon 7–0 Benin 
(Libreville, Gabon; 2 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
 Cameroon 6–0 Gabon 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 26 December 1961)
 Morocco 6–0 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 friendly match vs. Rwanda.
Caps and goals updated as 12 July, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Boris-Claude Nguéma (1984-12-07) 7 December 1984 (age 29) 8 0 Gabon Mounana
1GK Victorien Otiomo (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Gabon Missile
2DF Rodrigue Moundounga (1982-08-28) 28 August 1982 (age 32) 58 1 Gabon Mounana
2DF Georges Ambourouet (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 28) 42 1 Gabon Mounana
2DF Aaron Appindangoyé (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 22) 16 1 Gabon Mounana
2DF Erwin Nguéma (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 25) 15 1 Gabon Bitam
2DF Muller Dinda (1995-09-22) 22 September 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Gabon Missile
3MF Franck Engonga (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 21) 11 0 Gabon Mounana
3MF Cédric Boussoughou (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Gabon Bitam
3MF Emmanuel Ndong (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Gabon Bitam
3MF Knox Ness-Younga (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Gabon Mounana
3MF Wombo Biteghe 1 0 Gabon Missile
3MF Amédée Moanda 1 0 Gabon Bongoville
3MF Cédric Biyoghé (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif
3MF Yann Gnassa 0 0 Gabon Sapins
4FW Bonaventure Sokambi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 9 2 Gabon Mounana
4FW Lionel Yacouya (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Gabon Bitam
4FW Romuald Ntsitsigui (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Gabon Mangasport
4FW Laurys Ndong Meye 1 0 Gabon Bongoville
4FW Arnold Yembi 1 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif

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 Didier Ovono (1983-01-23) 23 January 1983 (age 31) 67 0 Belgium Oostende v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
GK Yves Bitséki (1983-04-23) 23 April 1983 (age 31) 12 0 Gabon Bitam v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
GK Anthony Mfa Mezui (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 23) 3 0 France Metz v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
GK Williams Loussoueke (1987-08-12) 12 August 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Paulin Nzambi (1981-05-05) 5 May 1981 (age 33) 0 0 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Bruno Ecuele Manga (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 26) 41 5 Wales Cardiff City v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
DF Benjamin Zé Ondo (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 27) 5 0 Algeria ES Sétif v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
DF Yrondu Musavu-King (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 3 0 France Uzès Pont du Gard v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
DF Johann Obiang (1993-07-05) 5 July 1993 (age 21) 0 0 France Châteauroux v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
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 Farel Mounguengui (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Gabon Missile 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Martin Ndong (1988-06-28) 28 June 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Gabon Mangasport 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Jean-René Nzé (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 20) 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 22) 4 0 France Auxerre v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
DF Randal Oto’o (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Portugal Leixões v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
MF André Poko (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 22 1 France Bordeaux v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
MF Lloyd Palun (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 25) 16 0 France Nice v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
MF Samson Mbingui (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 22) 9 1 Algeria MC Alger v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
MF Merlin Tandjigora (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 24) 7 0 France Carquefou v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
MF Ibrahim N'Dong (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
MF Alexander N'Doumbou (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 22) 5 0 France Marseille v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
MF Frédéric Bulot (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 24) 1 0 England Charlton Athletic v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
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 28) 6 0 Gabon Missile 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 22) 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 24) 9 0 Russia Rostov v.  Burkina Faso, 7 September 2013
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 25) 31 11 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
FW Romaric Rogombé (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 23) 9 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
FW Johann Lengoualama (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 22) 4 1 Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
FW Malick Evouna (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 21) 3 2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
FW Serge Angoue (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Nogueirense v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
FW Duval N'Zembi (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 26) 6 1 Gabon Missile 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

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