Gabon announces final squad for 2017 AFCON
Africa Cup of Nations hosts Gabon became the first team to name their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad.
The Panthers squad will be led by French-born Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in addition to Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong, Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, former Al Ahly striker and current Chinese side Tianjin Teda player and Bruno Ecuélé Manga of Cardiff City.
José Antonio Camacho, Gabon coach, chose a 23-man squad which included three local domestic-based players and three players on standby for the championship that will start on the 14th of January.
Gabon automatically qualified to the championship as hosts and will play in Group A which includes four-time winners Cameroon, 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.
Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono, Yves Stéphane Bitséki Moto, Anthony Mfa Mezui.
Defenders: Lloyd Palun, André Biyogho Poko, Aaron Appindangoye, Franck Perrin Obambou, Bruno Ecuélé Manga, Yoann Wachter, Johann Serge Obiang, Benjamin Zé Ondo
Midfielders: Mario René Junior Lemina, Junior Serge Martinsson Ngouali, Levy Clément Madinda, Guélor Kanga Kaku, Merlin Tandjigora, Didier Ibrahim Ndong, Samson Mbingui
Forwards: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Malick Evouna, Denis Athanase Bouanga, Serge Kevyn Aboue Angoue, Cedric Ondo Biyoghe
Standby: Axel Meyé, Johan Lengoualama, Donald Nzé
This is the second time Gabon hosts the African Cup of Nations after co-organizing the competition with Equatorial Guinea in 2012.
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