Samba is still unknown to the public, but on Friday its face will represent the African Cup of Nations 2017 Gabon.
Indeed, the panther was chosen to be the mascot of the event.
What could be more obvious to Gabon whose emblem is precisely the panther and so often represents the country on sporting events across the globe to have a panther as the mascot of the event that will take place in January and February 2017.
In Bantu language, Mbolo Samba means hello, welcome, accompanied by a big warm hug synonymous of welcome.
Gabon is proud to receive the elite of the African football and with Samba its mascot, the welcome message is clearly displayed.
A unity and togetherness message that will ensure the CAN 2017 a moment of peace and brotherhood.