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  • 29 July 2012
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Mexico - Gabon Preview: Both sides looking for first win after being held in their Olympic openers

Mexico - Gabon Preview: Both sides looking for first win after being held in their Olympic openers

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All four teams sit level on a single point in Group B after the first round of games so The Panthers and El Tricolor must avoid defeat to stay in with a chance of progressing

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MEXICO

Jose de Jesus Corona
Jimenez , Reyes, Mier, Chavez
Salcido, Herrera, Aquino, Ponce
Dos Santos, Fabian


GABON
 
Ovono
Dinda, Ndong, Engonga, Ndoumbou

Madina, Tandjigora, Bouaaoughou, Obiang
Aubameyang, Nono


All of Mexico's players in coach Luis Fernando Tena's squad are home based apart from Tottenham midfielder Giovani Dos Santos.

Former Fulham and PSV defender Carlos Salcido is one of Mexico's over-aged players and will provide much needed top-flight experience to the youthful side.

Gabon are reigning Confederation of African Football Under-23 champions and are making their debut at the Olympic Games.

Goalkeeper Didier Ovono, FC Lorient’s defender Bruno Ecuele Manga and Charly Moussono of Missile FC are the three over-aged players selected by coach Claude Mbourounot.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Gabon are making their first ever appearance at the Olympic Games.
  • The Panthers made it past African heavyweights Ivory Coast, Senegal and Morocco on their way to their CAF under-23 triumph.
  • Emmanuel Ndong Mba is the only player to score more than a single goal in Gabon's qualifying campaign.
  • Former Fulham player Carlos Salcido (pictured right) is Mexico's most experienced player with 103 international appearances to his name.
  • The majority of Luis Fernando Tena's 18-man squad is made up from Chivas de Guadalajara players.
  • Mexico beat Honduras in the final of the Olympic qualifying tournament.
  • Mexico hosted their very own Olympic Games in 1968.

 

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Mexico U23

Gabon U23

Wins
1
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Mexico U23 MEX
Mexico U23 Mexico U23
Draw
Gabon Under 23 GAB
Gabon Under 23 Gabon U23
90%

Top 3 Predictions

Mexico U23 MEX
2 - 0
Gabon Under 23 GAB
Mexico U23 MEX
2 - 1
Gabon Under 23 GAB
Mexico U23 MEX
3 - 0
Gabon Under 23 GAB

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