Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Jan 2012


Qualifying campaign: Gabon qualified automatically as co-hosts.

History: Gabon participated in CAN four times in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2010. Their best outcome was in 1996 when they reached the quarter finals before losing to Tunisia 4-1 on penalties.

Expectations: In a group including two continental heavy-weights in Tunisia and Morocco, Gabon’s chances to qualify for the second round seem remote. However, they could benefit from the fact that they will play at home. They will have to sink one of the two North Africans favourites.

FIFA ranking: 91 (19 in Africa)


CAN quarter-finalists in 1996
4previous appearances in CAN

Coach: Gernot Rohr (Germany).

Key players: Daniel Cousin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Biyogo Poko.


Full Squad:  

Goalkeepers: Yann Bidonga (Mangasport), Stephane Bitseki Moto (US Bitam), Didier Ovono (Le Mans, France)

Defenders: Georges Ambourouet (Missile FC), Moise Brou Apanga (Brest, France), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Lorient, France), Remy Ebanega (US Bitam), Edmond Mouele (Mangasport), Rodrigue Moundounga (Olympique Beja, Tunisia), Charly Moussonou (Missile FC), Henri Ndong (US Bitam)

Midfielders: Andre Biyogo Poko (Bordeaux, France), Cedric Boussougou (Mangasport), Levy Madinda (Celta Vigo, Spain), Bruno Mbanangoye Zita (Dinamo Minsk, Ukraine), Cedric Moubamba (US Bitam), Lloyd Palun (Nice, France)

Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (St Etienne, France), Daniel Cousin (FC Sapins), Fabrice Do Marcolino (Laval), Roguy Meye (Zalaegerszeg, Hungary), Eric Mouloungui (Nice, France), Stephane Nguema (US Bitam).

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