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 62 Increase 3 (8 January 2015)
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 final squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was announced on 28 December 2014.[4] Midfielder Mario Lemina refused his call-up. He was replaced by Sokambi. [5] Caps and goals updated as 25 January, 2015 after match against Equatorial Guinea.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Didier Ovono (1983-01-23) 23 January 1983 (age 32) 76 0 Belgium Oostende
16 1GK Anthony Mfa Mezui (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 23) 1 0 France Metz
23 1GK Yves Bitséki (1983-04-23) 23 April 1983 (age 31) 11 0 Gabon Bitam
2 2DF Aaron Appindangoyé (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 22) 18 1 Gabon Mounana
4 2DF Yrondu Musavu-King (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 23) 8 0 France Uzès Pont du Gard
5 2DF Bruno Ecuele Manga (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 26) 47 5 Wales Cardiff City
6 2DF Johann Obiang (1993-07-05) 5 July 1993 (age 21) 7 0 France Châteauroux
8 2DF Lloyd Palun (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 26) 26 0 France Nice
14 2DF Randal Oto’o (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Portugal Braga
15 2DF Henri Junior Ndong (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 22) 8 0 France Auxerre
19 2DF Benjamin Zé Ondo (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 27) 7 0 Algeria ES Sétif
11 3MF Lévy Madinda (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 22) 29 4 Spain Celta Vigo
12 3MF Guélor Kanga (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 24) 16 0 Russia FC Rostov
13 3MF Samson Mbingui (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 22) 16 2 Algeria MC El Eulma
17 3MF André Poko (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 29 1 France Bordeaux
18 3MF Alexander N'Doumbou (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 23) 6 0 France Marseille
20 3MF Bonaventure Sokambi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 23) 9 2 Algeria ASO Chlef
22 3MF Ibrahim N'Dong (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 20) 13 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
3 4FW Johann Lengoualama (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 22) 11 1 Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi
7 4FW Malick Evouna (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 22) 12 6 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
9 4FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 25) 41 14 Germany Borussia Dortmund
10 4FW Frédéric Bulot (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 24) 10 0 England Charlton Athletic
21 4FW Romaric Rogombé (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 24) 16 0 Republic of the Congo Léopards

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 Boris-Claude Nguéma (1984-12-07) 7 December 1984 (age 30) 6 0 Gabon Mounana v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
GK Victorien Otiomo (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Gabon Missile v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
DF Rodrigue Moundounga (1982-08-28) 28 August 1982 (age 32) 55 1 Gabon Mounana v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
DF Georges Ambourouet (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 28) 40 1 Gabon Mounana v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
DF Erwin Nguéma (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 25) 14 1 Gabon Bitam v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
DF Muller Dinda (1995-09-22) 22 September 1995 (age 19) 3 0 Gabon Missile v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
DF Yann Gnassa 1 0 Gabon Sapins v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Mario Lemina (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 21) 0 0 France Marseille 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
MF Franck Engonga (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 21) 12 0 Gabon Mounana v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Emmanuel Ndong (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Gabon Bitam v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Cédric Boussoughou (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Tunisia Olympique Béja v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Knox Ness-Younga (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Gabon Mounana v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Cédric Biyoghé (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Wombo Biteghe 0 0 Gabon Missile v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Amédée Moanda 1 0 Gabon Bongoville v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
MF Merlin Tandjigora (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 24) 7 0 France Carquefou v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014
FW Romuald Ntsitsigui (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 23) 8 0 Gabon Mangasport v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
FW Arnold Yembi 6 1 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
FW Lionel Yacouya (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Gabon Bitam v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
FW Laurys Ndong Meye 0 0 Gabon Bongoville v.  Rwanda, 12 July 2014
FW Serge Angoue (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Nogueirense v.  Morocco, 5 March 2014

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2. "Gabon make an impact by Firdose Moonda". Espn Fc. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) - List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "CAN 2015: Les 23 du Gabon avec Aubameyang et Ecuele Manga" (in French). africatopsports.com. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "2015 Nations Cup: Sokambi replaces Lemina in Gabon squad". bbc.com. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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