Daniel Cousin, the coach of Gabon, has called Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the match in Burundi 22 March, decisive for the qualification for CAN 2019. But the Arsenal striker, cold with the federation, has still not confirmed his presence at the gathering of Panthers in Libreville.
The uncertainty is expected to last at least until Monday night, when all Gabonese internationals will have joined Libreville, to prepare the delicate trip to Bujumbura, the 22 march. And the question of the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29 years, 58 selections, 24 goals) will be inviting in the conversations of fans of the Panthers, but also (and especially) in those of the technical staff and players.
Daniel Cousin has indeed selected PEA for this final meeting of the CAN 2019 qualifiers. For several months, the successor of the Spaniard José Antonio Camacho tried to reach the attacker or his father, Pierre Aubame, who manages his son's career. "To date, I have not received an answer. Members of my staff also tried to reach Pierre-Emerick. Without answer. »
The only ones to have had a return of the player are internationals. And the position scorer of Arsenal remains the same: in cold weather with his federation, the striker hesitates to return to the selection after the last two games of Gabon against South Sudan (1-0) and Mali (0-1). Before the confrontation against the Malian Eagles, Aubameyang had been contacted by the presidential palace, which sought to convince him to reconsider his decision, without success.
The team needs him, according to Daniel Cousin
"To date, we have not received any information from his club about a possible injury," says Daniel Cousin. Aubemayang also played with the Gunners Thursday night in the eighth final of the Europa League against Stade Rennes. And rather well, since he scored two of the three goals of the London training, which filled the handicap of the first leg (1-3).
Daniel Cousin heard Aubemayang wonder about his international career, the 5 March, on the set of Talents d'Or show on Canal + Sport Africa. "I know that Pierre-Emerick has problems with the federation. But I think we all have to sit around a table, instead of talking to the media or via social networks. Me, I can not imagine that a player of the dimension of Pierre-Emerick, with whom I played, could miss an appointment as important as that of Bujumbura. We need him, this striker who is one of the best at his job. Be it cold with the Fegafoot, It's a thing. But I also want him to think of his teammates who need him, as some may be playing the first CAN of their career. And we are more likely to qualify with him ... In the past, players like Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o or George Weah, even in difficult times, were there for the big deadlines. I hope that will be the case for Pierre-Emerick. "
The first players are expected Sunday night in Libreville. Aubameyang, who will not play this weekend in Premier League - the Wolwerhampton Wanderers-Arsenal match has been postponed - will probably make the suspense soar until Monday, when the preparation camp for the Panthers will actually start. The Léo-Mba International Airport should be one of the places observed in the capital of Gabon in the coming days ...
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