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Gabon name Patrice Neveu as new head coach

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Former Horoya manager has become manager of the national team following the dismissal of Daniel Cousin after failing to reach AFCON.

After failing to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabonese football began to fall into disarray. Manager Daniel Cousin was relieved of his duties straight after they failed to beat Burundi, and shortly after the national team was even dissolved by Gabon’s sports minister.

Two months later, Gabon are in a rebuilding phase and the first course of action has been to appoint a new manager to lead the team going forward. As a result, they have opted for Horoya’s head coach Patrice Neveu.

The 65 year old has a wealth of experience in international football having managed Laos, Haiti, Mauritania, DR Congo, Guinea and Niger in his long and illustrious career.

He left Horoya with a commanding lead in the Guinean league table, although this was largely to be expected as they are the traditional dominant force in the coutry.

While there is a clear difference between managing clubs and managing countries, a positive sign for Gabon is that Neveu led Horoya to the knockout stages of the 2018-19 Champions League which is an impressive feat given the financial disadvantage that they have compared to their group stage counterparts – in particular Orlando Pirates who they finished ahead of.

Neveu will likely start his campaign in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers where he looks to lead the Panthers back to the tournament which will be held in neighbouring Cameroon.

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