Football: elimination of the CAN, support for Bongo, Aubameyang, towards the end of a thwarted history with Gabon
At 34, Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who returned to the national team last May, could definitively end his international career after Gabon's elimination from CAN 2024. Especially after the criticism that falls on him in recent days after his support for the ousted president, Ali Bongo.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, captain of Gabon, could end his international career at the age of 34. AFP - GABRIEL BOUYS
By: Ndiasse Sambe Follow
He could have (re) dressed the cape of the hero this Saturday, September 09 against Mauritania and become the captain who sends his country to the CAN 2024. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could do nothing against the Mourabitounes, especially after seeing his goalkeeper sent off five minutes after the match kicked off. Gabon has therefore logically lost in Nouakchott (2-1) and goodbye god to the Can 2024 and probably to its captain and best player of recent years.
The support that annoys
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the national team last May, a year after announcing his international retirement. His return was largely due to the intervention of Gabonese President Ali Bongo, as acknowledged by the current striker of Olympique de Marseille. "I had the great honor of being received by the President of the Republic of my country and at the same time to be able to listen to the wise words that he transmitted to me like a father speaking to his son. Following this, I put myself at the disposal of my country and coach Patrice Neveu. »
A few weeks later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will show his support for President Ali Bongo in the presidential campaign, like his father, Pierre Aubame seen at Ali Bongo's last meeting. But since the military coup of General Brice Olingi that ended the rule of the Bongo family in Gabon, the critics had become... On social networks, Gabonese do not hesitate to attack the one who was considered an idol a few weeks ago. Internet users have threatened to report the page of Olympique de Marseille if the latter continued to display the photo of the attacker with the Gabonese flag.
More than 14 years in selection
The defeat against Mauritania this Saturday will certainly not help to raise the popularity of PEA and some do not hesitate to recall that Gabon was at the top of its group after the 4th day of the qualifiers... before Aubameyang's return.
Today, at 34 years old, the striker with 30 goals in 74 caps, could, definitively and officially, end his adventure with the Panthers and devote himself to his club. The final of a relationship that began in 2009 with a first selection and a first goal against Morocco. For more than 14 years, Gabon has known with Aubamyang a first historic participation in the Olympics (2012) and five CAN in eight campaigns. A great performance for this country of two million inhabitants. But fans certainly expected more from the 2015 African Player of the Year, winner of the Marc-Vivien Foé Award in 2013, and who shone with his goals at Saint-Etienne, Dortmund, Arsenal and Barcelona.
See alsoCAN 2024 - Qualifying: Calendar, results, rankings
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