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  • Capital City: Libreville
  • Population: 1.3m
  • Languages: French, Fang, Bantu languages
  • Team Nickname: The Panthers
  • Official Team Web Site (in French)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: -
  • Best African Cup of Nations Performance: Quarter Finals (1996)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 110 (October 2016)

Gabon derives its name from early Portuguese explorers, who dubbed the area "Gabao", meaning "cloak", in reference to the shape of the Komo river estuary. Since then, Gabon has been heavily influenced by French settlers, and was part of French Equatorial Africa until its independence in 1960.

As a footballing nation, Gabon has never enjoyed huge success - they have never qualified for the World Cup finals, but they did reach the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations in 1996.

Ideas for a Gabon Themed Football Party

Sharing food and having meals together is very important in the culture of Gabon, so if you're throwing a Gabon-themed football party, food needs to be on the agenda! Pineapples, bananas, avocados, limes, garlic, peanuts, aubergines (eggplants) and corn are all grown. Fish is popular and plentiful, and a main source of protein.

Gabon Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Gabon shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for yellow, green, and blue table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Gabon Party Decorations Ideas, visit our African Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in yellow, green and blue will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a Gabon Themed Party

The cuisine of Gabon is one of the most varied in Africa. Fresh fruit and vegetables are in plentiful supply, as are both fresh and saltwater fish. Dishes using lentils and other pulses are very popular. Cucumbers, manioc leaves and tubers, and rice are also frequently used.

A typical main meal consists of rice, fufu or manioc served with a stew or soup. Vegetables such as spinach, onion, tomatoes, peppers and squashes are common, and dishes are flavoured with peanuts, chillies and garlic. Thanks to its tropical climate, a large variety of different fruits grow in Gabon, including bananas, papayas, guavas, coconuts, citrus fruits and pineapples.

Try some of these next time The Panthers are playing:

Main Courses

Dessert Recipes

Drink for a Gabonese Party

Fruit juices, as you might expect, are in plentiful supply, and grapefruit and pineapple are particularly abundant and popular, as is coconut milk. Locally produced beers are available, although not easy to get hold of outside of Gabon. The best known local brand is probably Regab.

Unfortunately we have not been able to find a reliable source for Gabon football shirts at this time. Their home kit is yellow shirts with blue shorts, while their away kit is all white.

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