Gabon national team captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving in Cameroon for the African Cup Of Nation.
Apart from Aubameyang, former Southampton and Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina is said to have also contracted the virus too. The duo was seen partying in Dubai before heading to Cameroon.
Gabon Coach Patrice Neveu told AFP that his assistant coach, Yala Anicet equally tested positive after taking a lateral flow test along with the two players.
“They underwent a PCR test and are isolating in their hotel,” said Neveu.
It’s been a difficult month for Aubameyang, after being stripped by Mikel Arteta, following a recent disciplinary breach. He hasn’t featured for the Gunners since their 2-1 loss to Everton in early December.
Gabon will begin their quest for glory in Cameroon with their Group C match against Comoros on Monday, 10th of January 2022.
Gabon is back on the continental stage after missing the 2019 edition in Egypt and their best record in the competition was in the 1996 and 2012 editions when they reached the quarter-final stage.