Gabon national football team

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Gabon
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Panthères
(The Panthers)
Association Fédération Gabonaise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Jorge Costa
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Home stadium Stade Omar Bongo
FIFA code GAB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 96 Increase 2 (11 August 2016)
Highest 30 (July 2009)
Lowest 125 (April-May 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 88 (31 March 2015)
Highest 63 (November 1996)
Lowest 123 (June 2004)
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 6 (First in 1994)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1996 and 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 the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon upset Cameroon 1-0 and had a good chance of progressing to the quarter-finals after a scoreless draw against Tunisia. However, Gabon lost 2-1 to Zambia as it finished in its group with a three-way tie with Zambia and Cameroon. Gabon only scored twice in the group stage and were eliminated on the goals scored tiebreaker. In 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon co-hosted the tournament as it won their group matches: 2-0 against Niger, 3-2 against Morocco, and 1-0 against Tunisia. The second match saw Gabon qualify for its first quarter-final since 1996 in the most dramatic circumstances. Gabon had come back to lead 2-1 only for Tunisia to tie the match in early in stoppage time. However, on the final play of the game, Gabon scored in the eighth minute of stoppage time. Eventually, Gabon lost 5-4 in penalties (1-1 a.e.t) in the quarterfinal against Mali, after a penalty missed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had scored three goals in the tournament.

Gabon began its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in the second round in Group E as it was drawn with Niger, Burkina Faso, and Congo. Despite opening its campaign with a scoreless draw against Niger, Gabon lost 3-0 due to having fielded ineligible player Charly Moussono. After four qualifiers, Gabon scored only one goal, but thanks to an Aubameyang hat-trick on June 15, 2013, Gabon stayed in contention for a play-off berth with a 4-1 victory over Niger. However, Burkina Faso eliminated Gabon in the final qualifier with the 1-0 result as Gabon finished third in its group.

For the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon has been drawn to qualify against Togo. Even though Daniel Cousin scored in each leg against Togo, Gabon missed out on the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as it lost 3-2 on aggregate. A year later, Gabon played six qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as it was drawn with Burkina Faso, Angola and Lesotho. Despite a stunning 1-1 result in Lesotho in qualifying, Gabon finished ahead of Burkina Faso to top the group as it qualified for the tournament with a game to spare in Angola. In January 2015, Gabon was drawn along with Burkina Faso, Congo and Equatorial Guinea. However, its 2-0 victory on the opening day of the tournament were all the points Gabon achieved during the tournament as it suffered a shocking exit in the group stage.

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]

  • 1957 to 1970Did not enter
  • 1972Did not qualify
  • 1974Withdrew
  • 1976Did not enter
  • 1978Did not qualify
  • 1980Did not enter
  • 1982 - Withdrew
  • 1984 to 1992Did not qualify
  • 1994 – Group Stage
  • 1996 – Quarter-finals
  • 1998Did not qualify
  • 2000 – Group Stage
  • 2002 to 2008Did not qualify
  • 2010 – Group Stage
  • 2012 – Quarter-finals
  • 2013Did not qualify
  • 2015 – Group Stage
  • 2017 – Qualified

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly game against Mauritania on 28 May and the centralised friendly game against Ivory Coast on 4 June 2016.[4]
Caps and goals updated as of 28 March 2016 after the game against Sierra Leone.[5]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Didier Ovono (1983-01-23) 23 January 1983 (age 33) 83 0 Belgium Oostende
1GK Yves Bitséki (1983-04-23) 23 April 1983 (age 33) 18 1 Gabon US Bitam
1GK Anthony Mfa Mezui (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Belgium Seraing United

2DF Bruno Ecuele Manga (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 28) 51 6 Wales Cardiff City
2DF Lloyd Palun (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 27) 31 0 France Red Star
2DF Aaron Appindangoyé (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 24) 27 1 France Évian Thonon Gaillard
2DF Johann Obiang (1993-07-05) 5 July 1993 (age 23) 12 0 France Châteauroux
2DF Benjamin Zé Ondo (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 29) 12 0 Morocco MC Oujda
2DF Yrondu Musavu-King (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 24) 9 0 Italy Udinese
2DF Ulysse Ndong (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Cyprus Ermis Aradippou

3MF Lévy Madinda (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 24) 37 5 Spain Gimnàstic
3MF André Biyogo Poko (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 23) 36 1 Turkey Karabükspor
3MF Guélor Kanga (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 25) 26 1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
3MF Samson Mbingui (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 24) 22 3 Algeria NA Hussein Dey
3MF Didier N'Dong (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 22) 18 0 England Sunderland
3MF Merlin Tandjigora (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 26) 18 0 China Meizhou Hakka
3MF Franck Engonga (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 23) 13 0 Egypt Tala'ea El-Gaish
3MF Mario Lemina (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 22) 5 1 Italy Juventus

4FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 27) 45 19 Germany Borussia Dortmund
4FW Johann Lengoualama (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 23) 18 1 Morocco Olympic Safi
4FW Axel Méyé (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 21) 6 0 Turkey Eskişehirspor
4FW Romaric Rogombé (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Republic of the Congo AC 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
DF Henri Junior Ndong (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 24) 12 0 France Auxerre v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
DF Randal Oto'o (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 22) 12 0 Belgium KVC Westerlo v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
DF Yoann Wachter (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 24) 0 0 France Sedan v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
DF Edmond Mouele (1982-02-18) 18 February 1982 (age 34) 32 0 Gabon Mangasport v.  Mozambique, 14 November 2015

FW Malick Evouna (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 23) 21 11 China Tianjin Teda v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
FW Frédéric Bulot (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 25) 18 0 France Reims v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
FW Romuald Ntsitsigui (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 25) 15 0 Gabon Mangasport v.  Mozambique, 14 November 2015
FW Denis Bouanga (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 21) 0 0 France Strasbourg v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
FW Gaëtan Missi Mezu (1996-05-04) 4 May 1996 (age 20) 0 0 France Paris v.  Ivory Coast, 4 June 2016
Notes

DEC Player declined the call-up to the national team

Coaches[edit]

Jorge Costa

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] Archived February 20, 2003, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Gabon: Denis Bouanga convoqué avec les Panthères" (in French). africatopsports.com. 
  5. ^ "Gabon". 

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