Africa Cup of Nations
Best results: 1996, 2012 (quarter-finals)
Road to 2017 AFCON:
Top of Group I with 10 points (results did not count as they are the hosts)
Coach: Jose Antonio Camacho
The former Spanish international and Real Madrid manager was appointed just 43 days before kick off, replacing Jorge Costa after a run of poor form in 2016.
The 61-year-old has signed a two year contract as he also bids to help Gabon qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Camacho was one the greats of the Spanish game with 81 caps and more than 400 games for Real Madrid.
He also coached Espanyol, Sevilla, Benfica and last worked as coach of the Chinese national team.
Key player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Age: 27. Forward.
French-born, with a Spanish mother, raised in Italy but chose to play for the country of his father, who captained Gabon when they made their maiden Nations Cup finals appearance in 1994.
Winner of the 2015 African Footballer of the Year award after impressive scoring form in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and runner-up for the 2016 award.
Brings incredible pace to his attacking game. His Gabon career was marred when he botched the decisive kick in the penalty shootout that saw the 2012 co-hosts eliminated by Mali in the quarter-finals at Libreville.
FIFA world ranking Jan. 2017: 108