The coach of the Gabon national football team, Claude Le Roy was relieved from his duties following a 2-0 defeat against Cameroon in a World Cup qualifying match.
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After traces of the coronavirus were discovered in his system, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ruled out of Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana on Friday, according to head coach Patrice Neveu, who refuted earlier reports from his own federation that the striker was suffering from heart problems.
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After testing positive for coronavirus upon his arrival in Yaounde on January 6, Aubameyang was forced to miss Gabon’s opening triumph over Comoros, but was set to make his comeback against Ghana in their Group C match at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Friday after returning a negative test.
The Arsenal striker was, however, left out of Gabon’s starting lineup on the day, with Gabon’s Football Federation reporting on Twitter in the hours leading up to the match that the Confederation of African Football’s Medical Commission had barred him and teammates Axel Meye and Mario Lemina from playing due to “cardiac lesions” discovered during tests.
Following Friday’s draw, Neveu attempted to clear the air.
“It’s apparent from the data that Aubameyang has no heart issues,” Neveu told ESPN. “Both he and Lemina passed PCR testing, which came back negative.
“They then completed the second round of examinations, heart testing, and it seemed that the two of them were having issues.”
“It looks that the virus has left residue, and it’s probable that the sickness has had an influence,” he said. “Two hours before the match, the team doctor and the CAF doctor were on the phone with me, telling me not to play them.”
Neveu also said that he was undecided about whether or not to follow the medical advise, while Aubameyang originally refused to accept the medical professionals’ assessment.
“I made the choice not to play them in order to protect my players,” Neveu stated. “Because it is my job, we decided not to play them.”
“We’ll see what happens now,” he continued, “but it was my obligation.” “When we received the news, Pierre-Emerick wanted to play, so he packed his stuff and left his room, but the CAF doctor informed me again, so his father had to step in.”
“I understand how much it wounded him.”
Gabon managed to get a draw against Ghana despite the absence of Aubameyang in a tense match that culminated in a brawl as the Black Stars accused their opponents of a lack of sportsmanship after the Panthers scored a late equalizer despite their opponents having a player hurt.
The draw, combined with Gabon’s 1-0 win over Comoros in their opener, puts the Central Africans on the verge of qualifying, and despite Aubameyang’s ongoing medical issues, Neveu, who has only recently returned from a positive COVID diagnosis, is optimistic that he can still play a role in the tournament.
“It’s conceivable that the disease has had an influence,” he said, “but we’ll conduct the MRIs, see what occurs, and do what’s required.”
“We’ll do what we have to do and stick to the protocol.” We have four days till we play Morocco, and I’m hoping to get them back because we need them.”
Andre Ayew’s 18th-minute opening for Ghana was cancelled out by Jim Allevinah’s 88th-minute equalize for Gabon, leaving Ghana requiring a win versus Comoros in their last group encounter to qualify for the knockouts.
After the full-time whistle, Benjamin Tetteh was sent off for punching Aaron Boupendza following a scuffle sparked by Gabon’s raucous celebrations at the game’s conclusion.
The “pierre-emerick aubameyang nationality gabonese” is the coach of Gabon. He was born in France and has been coaching for over 20 years.
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