Celebrating African Football : GABON 2012

In 2012, the African Cup of nations (CAN) will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, which will give a huge opportunity to develop the game in countries that have not had the chance of hosting the tournament before.

It has been 8 years now since Gabon took part in the African Cup finals and because of that the 2010 final qualification phase for both, African Cup and World Cup in South Africa, are so important for "les Panthères du Gabon" (the Gabon national team).
In March next year, Gabon will face Cameroon, Morocco and Togo in the group A with a qualification for the 2010 CAN in Angola as a priority.
And with Daniel Cousin impact in the Premier League with Hull FC, the all country already dream of being witness of their national team glory.

But the important message for Gabon, about co-hosting the African Cup in 2012, is today visible in the streets of Libreville, Oyem, Mouila or Franceville with the pride and joy of all Gabonese people who probably for the first time felt part of a World which usually turn his back on them.

I will come back later on this topic and try to explain why this huge football event could have an huge impact (a positive one) on the future of my home country, obviously it is quite important to not forget that Equatorial Guinea, as a co-host, is part of the equation and will play his role to make 2012 an special year for both population.

I can't finish without talking about Omar Bongo Odimba, Gabon' President since 1967, because hate him or love him, he has been and still is the huge force behind everything and anything positive we have seen in the past 40 years, making sure despite the sceptical that our country stay a peaceful land where people can live their life without fear and be proud to raise their children in a safe environment.


November 28, 2008 at 8:09 AM Anonymous said...

Go Gabon!!! Watch out though Kenya are coming ;-)

May 13, 2009 at 12:15 AM Bradpetehoops said...

Go Great Gabon Country!

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