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GABON MAY SURPRISE THE BIG GUNS

Azingo Nationale or Les Pantheres (The Panthers), are the national football team of Gabon , a small West African country.

                                            

 

 
Gabon have never qualified for the World Cup finals and have only qualified 3 times before for the African Cup of Nations, with their best performance coming in 1994 when they reached the quarter finals. Their last appearance was in 2000 where they were eliminated in round one.

Despite their unglamorous history Gabon are currently enjoying a relatively successful period. They were unlucky not to qualify for the World Cup South Africa when a last game defeat to Togo condemned them second place in Group A (including Cameroon, Togo and Morocco) behind Cameroon. This runners up spot provided qualification for the African Nations Cup in Angola.

Gabon will be eager to impress this time round with no World Cup prospects in the short term and qualification for the next African Cup of Nations being assured as co-hosts with Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

Gabon’s French coach Alan Giresse has named a squad compiled mainly from France’s Ligue 1 with a splattering of players from the Belgian and Turkish first divisions. Their main threats are Hull City striker Daniel Cousin and partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Lille. Giresse has also named three players from Mangasport of the Gabonian first division.

 

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Full Gabon squad :

Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono Ebang (Le Mans, France), Claude Boris Nguema (Telestars FC), Yves Bitseki Moto (US Bitam).

Defenders: Georges Ambourouet (Macedonia Skopje, Macedonia), Erwin Nguema (Coton Sport Garoua, Cameroon), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Angers, France), Ernest Akouassaga (Nantes, France), Arsene do Marcolino (Les Herbiers, France), Moise Brou Apanga (Stade Brest, France), Rodrigue Moudounga (Mangasport).

Midfielders: Jean Stephane Yessi Achi Aman (Mangasport), Alain Djissikadie (TP Mazembe Englebert, DR Congo), Stephane Nguema (Rennes, France), Bruno Zita Mbanangoye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Cedric Moubamba (Dhofar, Oman), Thierry Issiemou (US Monastir, Tunisia), Paul Ulrich Kessany (Istres, France).

Forwards: Daniel Cousin (Hull City, England), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Lille, France), Willy Aubameyang (Eupen, Belgium), Fabrice do Marcolino (Laval, France), Roguy Meye (Ankaraspor, Turkey), Eric Mouloungui (Nice, France).

 

                                                                  

Gabon’s first game will come on the 13th of January against group favorites Cameroon, a team they know all too well from qualification. However, real hope of progress will follow with games against Tunisia on the 17th and Zambia on the 21st. If they can beat both of these teams they should be assured of qualification to the next round.
Gabon may be the surprise package of the tournament with recent performances auguring well for the future.

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  1. ANC Feedback

    10 January, 2010 at 22:16

    An excellent first article in the FJC, take the time if you can to read some of the other entries to get an idea of how they are approaching the tasks and what they include in their article and how they format them if you can.

    “the World Cup South Africa when a last game defeat to Togo condemned them second place in Group A” I think should read: “the World Cup in South Africa when a last game defeat to Togo condemned them to second place in Group A”.

    It was a shame you dedicated a third of your article to the Gabon squad, I appreciate that they are one of the smaller sides, so finding something to write about them is more difficult that some of their more illustrious neighbours.

  2. alimcl24

    10 January, 2010 at 22:24

    cheers for the feedback, i appreciate it

    i am finding difficulty finding info about Gabon on the net and still getting used to the editing process

    trying to meet the deadline but 6 hours behind in Mexico

    looking to write a lot more soon..completing journalism course at same time

    cheers

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