Afcon2017 Team Profile: Focus on Hosts Gabon

Gabon qualified for Afcon 2017 after winning the hosting race.

Gabon will host the 2017 African cup of Nations scheduled to run from January 15th to February 5th 2017.

ChimpSport takes an in-depth look at each of the 16 national teams that qualified for the final tournament.

In today’s edition, click we focus on hosts Gabon.

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Gabon national football team also known as les Pantheres (The Panthers) or Les Brazilians (The Brazilians) will be playing at the African cup of Nations for the seventh time in history since making their maiden appearance in 1994.

However, ask this time round, seek Gabon earned automatic qualification as hosts a feat they are doing for the second time after co-hosting the 2012 AFCON edition with neighbors Equatorial Guinea.

Gabonese best performance at African cup of Nations has been a quarter final finish on two occasions that’s in 1996 and 2012.

Previous Appearances

1994- Group stage
1996- Quarter finals
2000- Group stage
2010- Group stage
2012- Quarter finals
2015- Group stage

The Coach| Antonio Camacho

Gabon are under the stewardship of Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho who replaced Jorge Costa at the start of December.

Yet to take charge of his first game with the West African side, Camacho comes in with vast experience having previously managed teams like Real Madrid, Seville, Espanyol and Benifica among others.

The 61 year old coach will have the task to guide Gabon to a favorably better finish than in the previous editions.

Camacho last coached any team in 2013 and has been on the sidelines since partying ways with the Chinese national team.

Antonio Camacho

Antonio Camacho

Captain| Aubameyang Pierre Emerick

Aubameyang is the team captain for the Panthers. The Borrusia Dortmund forward will lead Gabon at the 2017 African cup of Nations.

The forward has netted 20 goals for his country making him the all-time leading goalscorer for Gabon.

He has also been in sublime form this year at Borrusia Dortmund leading the scorers charts in the Bundesliga with 15 goals this season.

Aubameyang is the all time topscorer for the Gabon team

Aubameyang is the all time topscorer for the Gabon team

How they qualified?

Gabon earned automatic qualification after winning the race to host the 31st edition of AFCON.

However, much as they earned an automatic slot, Gabon took part in the qualifying campaign but the games they played were regarded as friendlies.

Gabon was placed in Group I with defending champions Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

14/Jun/15 Gabon 0-0 Ivory Coast
5/Sept/15 Gabon 4-0 Sudan
25 /Mar/16 Gabon 2-1 Sierra Leone
28/Mar/16 Sierra Leone 1-0 Gabon
4/Jun/16 Ivory Coast 2-1 Gabon
2/Sept/16 Sudan 1-4 Gabon

Afcon Group

Hosts Gabon are placed in Group A alongside Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau.

Antonio Camacho has already summoned his final 23 man squad that will play at the African cup of Nations with 3 other players on standby.


Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono Ebang (KV Oostende, Belgium), Yves Stéphane Bitséki Moto (CF Mounana), Anthony Mfa Mezui (without a club).

Defenders: Lloyd Palun (Red Star, France), André Biyogho Poko (Kardemir Karabukspor, Turkey), Aaron Appindangoye (Stade Lavallois, France), Franck Perrin Obambou (Mandji Stadium), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City FC, Wales), Yoann Wachter (CS Sedan Ardennes, France), Johann Serge Obiang (ESTAC Troyes, France), Benjamin Zé Ondo (Mosta FC, Malta)

Midfielders: Junior Serge Martinsson Ngouali (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Levy Clement Madinda (Nastic Tarragona, Spain), Guelor Kanga Kaku (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Merlin Tandjigora (Meixian Hakka FC, China), Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Sunderland AFC, England), Samson Mbingui (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Mario René Junior Lemina (Juventus Turin, Italy)

Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Malick Evouna (Tianjin Teda FC China), Denis Athanasius Bouanga (Tours FC, France), Serge Kevyn Aboue Angoué (Uniao Leiria, Portugal), Cedric Ondo Biyoghe (CF Mounana) Standby; Axel Meyé (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Johan Lengoualama (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Donald Nzé (AS Pelican). QUICK FACT FILE Country: Gabon Nickname: Les Pantheres Coach: Antonio Camacho Captain: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang FIFA Ranking: 110 CAF Ranking: 35 AFCON appearances : 6 Best finish(Quarterfinals)


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