AFCON 2021: Aubameyang returns for Gabon ahead of Ghana clash

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Gabon men’s football captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang pictured during his side’s game against Burkina Faso at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. /CFP Image
Gabon men’s football captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang pictured during his side’s game against Burkina Faso at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. /CFP Image

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to return into Gabon’s team for their second 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game against Ghana later on Friday.

The Arsenal striker missed the first game as he was in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Panthers sit atop Group C alongside Morocco after beating Comoros 1-0 in their opening match on Monday.

Ahead of their clash with Ghana, Aubameyang rallied his teammates to take the game seriously as they eye qualification into the knock-out stages.

“We are going to play a very tough opponent who wants to win the game, so we will have to be serious as we were in the first game and I know that we will have our chances,” he said.

Midfielder Mario Lemina will also return to the team after also recovering from COVID-19.

Gabon will however have to do without head coach Patrice Neveu and two players after they returned positive tests.

assistant manager Anicet Yala confirmed that right-back Lloyd Palun and central defender Sidney Obissa had tested positive in the latest round of testing.

A win for Gabon against Ghana would book their ticket into the knock-out stages, while it would be a big blow for Ghana’s campaign.

The Black Stars lost to Morocco in their opening match and will be looking for better results agsinst the Panthers.

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