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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang, others contract COVID-19, to miss first game

Gabon captain and Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon this January.

Aubameyang was one of three members of the traveling Gabon party to produce a positive result after the team’s flight landed in Yaounde ahead of their first game against Comoros on Monday.

His teammate, Mario Lemina, who plays for OGC Nice, and Gabon assistant coach, Anicet Yala, also tested positive for COVID-19.

It means the trio will not take part in Gabon’s opening game against Comoros.

The Gabon Football Federation posted a statement on its official Facebook page, with a headline of “Aubameyang, Lemina and Yala positive”.

The statement read, “Arriving this morning at Yaounde on a special flight, the Panthers of Gabon submitted, like all delegations, to an antigen covid-19 test at the Nsimalene airport.

“Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mario Lemina and assistant coach Anicet Yala have not escaped [COVID-19].

“But as required by the health protocol in this area, they subsequently underwent a PCR test, the results of which will confirm or deny the status of the latter.”

Gabon are in Group C alongside Ghana, Morocco and Comoros.

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