Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tested positive for corona just days before the start of the African Cup of Nations, according to a number of reports, citing possible participation in other competitions.
Aubameyang has been in turmoil for several weeks, losing his place in the Arsenal team after being sacked by manager Mikel Arteta due to punishment.
He was also removed from the captaincy by Mikel Arteta and, after playing a short game recently, is expected to take part in the AFCON, which will take place on January 9, when the Cameroon players face Burkina Faso. Aubameyang has been linked with a number of changes due to his performances at Arsenal, and the AFCON tournament will provide an opportunity for other clubs to show their potential.
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Aubameyang Night in Dubai
Shortly before Aubameyang’s test for COVID-19, it appeared that the Gabonese international had spent the night in Dubai on his way to meet his teammates at AFCON.
The video featured the 30-year-old who was revealed by international players, including Nice player Mario Lemina, who also claims to have tested. The video appeared on the Snapchat account of user @walter_sk.
Gabon’s readiness for the competition has not been very low. The players refused to board the flight to the tournament until they were paid by the federation.
Then Lemina, Auba and the group were photographed partying in Dubai. https://t.co/NeVLpJAR4C
– Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) January 6, 2022
The night began when Aubameyang was quickly released by Arsenal in the match following the decision not to play Manchester City in the final before the clubs were forced to release the AFCON players. Other AFCON Arsenal players Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, and Mohamed Elneny were all released after the game.
Which game would Aubameyang miss?
AFCON 2022 kicks off on Sunday, with Gabon playing their opening match against the Comoros the following day, on January 10. They play Ghana four days before the end of their pool-stage match against Morocco on January 18, which will also be inside the 10-day Aubameyang window to exit. in isolation.
When Aubameyang is forced to isolate himself because of his HIV status, he may suspect that he could be involved in the first game, when it is unclear if he will not participate in another competition. The former Dortmund player has already missed Arsenal’s game in the first half of the 2021-22 campaign thanks to his acquisition of COVID-19.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Reports say that the two Aubameyang and Lemina did not get tested until they arrived in Cameroon to play.
The final match of the Gabonese team has come against Morocco. The country is +6500 to win the race, and +800 to exit the group, while Morocco and Ghana are highly favored to qualify for the knockout (difficult via DraftKings) category.
Gabon arrives in Cameroon
The Gabonese FA has posted pictures of the team arriving in Cameroon on January 6, before Aubameyang’s news broke.
The Gunners’ forward appearances are seen in the same picture, sitting around other Gabonese players all wearing masks, although it is not known if he is alone.