Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of Gabon’s match roster for their AFCON clash with Ghana
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is left out of Gabon’s match roster for their AFCON clash with Ghana…although the Arsenal striker is fully available following Covid recovery
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was missing in the selection of Gabon on Friday evening
- The Panthers take on Ghana in their second draw at the Africa Cup of Nations
- But Aubameyang was not named in the team despite recovering from Covid
- The Arsenal striker missed Gabon’s victory over the Comoros but was training this week
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon’s match squad for their second Africa Cup of Nations group stage match with Ghana, despite being available after recovering from the coronavirus.
The Arsenal attacker, who was banned from the tournament by his club and stripped of his Gunners captaincy for disciplinary reasons, missed his country’s win over the Comoros on Monday despite positive for Covid-19 last week.
Aubameyang returned to training with Gabon earlier this week and was expected to make his first tournament appearance in Ghana on Friday night, but the 32-year-old was completely left out of his country’s match roster.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of Gabon’s roster for their AFCON clash with Ghana
Aubameyang recently returned to training in Gabon after testing positive for Covid this month
The striker is a key figure for Gabon, who has scored 29 goals for his country in 71 caps, including three in six games in 2021.
Aubameyang was set to take on his Gunners team-mate in Ghana’s Thomas Partey on Friday night, but now only the 28-year-old midfielder will line up in Cameroon for the game.
Gabon chose Qatari striker Aaron Boupendza and Saint-Etienne forward Denis Bouanga as their attacking options for the game in Ghana, with no sign of Aubameyang on the ten-man bench.
Gabon knows that their win over Ghana will see them advance to the knockout rounds of the tournament, while the Black Stars are scrambling to get out of the tournament after losing their opening Group C match against Morocco this week.
But Aubameyang was nowhere to be seen in the Gabon squad ready to face Ghana on Friday
But the Panthers, who captain Aubameyang, will have to do without coach Patrice Neveu, who tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Friday’s game. Defender Lloyd Palun and striker Kevin Mayi have also been eliminated after positive tests, the Gabon federation said.
The exact source of the outbreak in the camp in Gabon remains unclear, but images emerged on social media of players socializing in their pre-tournament camp in Dubai before the Arsenal striker tested positive.
Aubameyang was filmed at a party with Gabon team-mate Mario Lemina, formerly of Fulham and Southampton and now with Ligue 1 club Nice.
Aubameyang was filmed last week at a party in Dubai with teammate Mario Lemina from Gabon
Aubameyang said he was feeling fine after a week of isolation in his room and posted two photos of him in training on his Instagram account.
‘I got the chance to work in my room after all. I bought a bike and made a circuit to stay in shape as much as possible,” he told the Facebook page of his country’s federation.
“It won’t be easy, because it’s not the same as race rhythm or good training, but we’ll get it done.
“We are going to play against a very difficult opponent who has to win the game, so we will have to be as serious as we were in the first game. I know we’ll get our chances.’