The Gabon national football team formed in 1962. The team affiliated to FIFA in 1963 and joined the Confederation of African Football in 1967. Gabon as never qualified for a world cup but has played in five Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Gabon played its first game in 1960, as part of the L’Amitie tournament. The team lost 5-4 to Burkina Faso. Gabon did not play again until the next edition of the tournament. This time the team gained a first international win by beating Burkina Faso 4-0. In these early years, Gabon enjoyed little success. The team failed to qualify for the 1968 Olympics after losing a qualifying tie to Guinea.
The team’s record did not improve until the 1990’s, when Gabon first qualified for the Cup of Nations. Since 1994, Gabon has appeared in five finals including two quarter-finals. At the same time, the team began to enter world cup qualifying. Since 1990, Gabon has entered every edition of qualification but is yet to reach the finals.
Ranked 89th by FIFA, the Gabon national football team will need to consolidate their Africa Cup of Nations record to keep their place in the top 100.
World cup 2018
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