Gabon upbeat home advantage will help their AFCON quest



The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Saturday, January 14, with hosts Gabon going up against Guinea-Bissau.

The hosts are confident the home advantage they have will ease them past Guinea-Bissau, hoping that the crowds will be their 12th man in the games all through.

Celta de Vigo midfielderLevy Madinda has assured the home fans that The Panthers will not disappoint them in this edition of the continental showpiece.

“Those that have their eyes fixed on the national team can count on us to deliver, and as I say, we will give the best, we will do everything to make the party beautiful,” Madinda said.

Boasting of the services of lethal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabonese have a reason to have high hopes on their team going into the AFCON tourney.

Gabon’s most significant AFCON achievement is the second-round finish they achieved as co-hosts in 2012.

The Panthers are coached by former Spain manager Jose Antonio Camacho who replaced ex-Portugal international Jorge Costa in November 2016.