The Gabonese Federation announced the retirement of its star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from international football at the age of 32. A decision that comes after a few months of controversy over his latest CAN machine group.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turns the page. After five months of great controversy over his preparation for the African Nations Cup (CAN) and his absence from the tournament, the Barcelona striker announced in a letter to his federation that he will not play again for Gabon.
“After 13 years of being proud to represent my country, I announce that I am ending my international career, as announced in the press release published by FEGAFOOT. I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all who have supported the good and the bad times.”
At the beginning of January, he was seen with Mario Lemina at a nightclub in Dubai a few days before the start of the CAN Championship. The two men tested positive for Covid in the process. This then prevented them from playing in the competition…but not from returning to Europe and finding the former Marseille player’s Ligue 1 stadiums on the day his selection was eliminated. Facing the controversy, the Nice midfielder announced his international retirement at a loss before changing his mind a few minutes later.
The union wanted it to continue
“The Gabonese Football Association (FEGAFOOT) has praised the phenomenal career and regularity at the high level for whoever knew how to sell, thanks to his professionalism, the image of Gabon in the world. Was this indicated in the press release. Not so. Without mentioning FEGAFOOT’s desire to see the captain continue his adventure with the Panthers “.
Since his debut in March 2009, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played 63 caps for Gabon, with a total of 29 goals, 10 assists and three African Cups, with his best result being the 2012 quarter-finals. His last selection dates back to January 4th against Mauritania. (1-1).
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