Aubameyang misses Ghana clash due to health concerns
Arsenal star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed out on participation in Gabon’s crucial AFCON clash with Ghana at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé after scans showed suspected heart problems.
Selon la commission médicale de la CAF, les joueurs Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meyé et Mario Lemina à peine sortis du Covid ne peuvent pas prendre part à ce match.
Les examens présenteraient des lésions cardiaques.
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— Fédération Gabonaise de Football – FEGAFOOT (@fegafoot_gabon) January 14, 2022
First reported by the official Twitter account of the Gabonese Football Federation, Football.London’s Chief Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley confirmed those reports not long after as Gabon made the decision to sit Aubameyang out entirely and take no risks after the shock finding.
The Gabon star had recently recovered from a positive Covid-19 test in the wake of pre-tournament preparations that took place in Dubai and is suspected to have contracted the virus after a farewell party in the run-up to the opening of the tournament.
Aubameyang is not the only Gabon player to be affected by the diagnosis either, with OGC Nice midfielder Mario Lemina and Ittihad Tanger forward Axel Meyé also said to have shown the same concerns after their scans.
Gabon with a chance to seal a knockout place
Despite the absence of Aubameyang, Lemina, and Meyé, Gabon got their AFCON campaign off to the right start when they dispatched Comoros in a 1-0 win in the Cameroonian capital four days ago.
Al-Arabi striker Aaron Boupendza found the game’s only goal in the 16th-minute for his fifth international goal in service of his country.
At the time of writing, Gabon is currently 1-0 down to Ghana courtesy of an André Ayew effort but Patrice Neveu’s Panthères have carved out twice the amount of chances that the Black Stars have managed to muster thus far.
Three points would secure Gabon a guaranteed spot in the knockout stages and a share of the spoils would still see them sitting on four points and in the driver’s seat for second. Should they fall to one of the continent’s perennial contenders, Gabon would have to negotiate group leaders Morocco (2-0-0) in the final day of group play if they are to have a chance of reaching the next round.