Star Player Gabon: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The runner-up for the 2016 CAF Player of the Year award is among Africa’s brightest stars who light up Europe, thanks to his exploits with Borussia Dortmund where he’s scored 20 goals in 22 games this season. The hosts will hope his scoring boots weren’t in the lost luggage that forced him to attend the CAF awards in a t-shirt.
Coach JOSE ANTONIO CAMACHO
A tough defender in his playing days, the Spaniard has – as a coach – adopted that same fiery and stubborn mentality as a coach which has seen him endure some short stints as Real Madrid and China’s coach. Two months into his tenure as Gabon coach, how he handles the pressure of leading the hosts and a star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who likes to be pampered could define his time with the Panthers.
What’s their story?
The last time Gabon hosted the Afcon, as joint-hosts with Equatorial Guinea in 2012, they reached the quarterfinals and lost to Mali on penalties. A lot of that was thanks to PierreEmerick Aubameyang’s performance as well as the vocal crowd that backs them. They’ll be looking to do better than reaching the last eight this time in front of their home crowd.