DAF deny Aubameyang permission to play for Gabon in AFCON due to a suspected heart condition

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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a difficult time recently. After overcoming yet another disciplinary issue with Arsenal, which resulted in him being stripped of the captain’s armband, he set off for the Africa Cup of Nations to represent Gabon.

    Suspected Heart Problem

    However, he is no longer able to play for his country in Cameroon. The forward initially tested positive for COVID-19, ruling him out of their narrow victory over Comoros, and now things have taken a turn for the worse. Aubameyang had overcome COVID-19, but CAF tests have now barred him from playing in Gabon’s game against Ghana due to a suspected heart problem.

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    “According to CAF’s medical commission, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye, and Mario Lemina have recovered from COVID-19 but will not be able to play in this match.”

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    “The tests showed cardiac problems and CAF are not willing to take any risks.”

    Other information about the players and their conditions has not been provided.

    About the Gabonese Footballer

    He is well-known for his speed, finishing ability, and off-ball movement. His senior club career began with Italian club AC Milan, but he never made an appearance for the club due to a series of loan spells in France. In 2011, he relocated to Saint-Étienne. He won the Coupe de la Ligue there before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

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    Aubameyang was the subject of a then-club record association football transfer in 2018, when he signed for Arsenal for £56 million (€60 million), making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time. He won the FA Cup with Arsenal and was the league’s joint-top goalscorer in the 2018–19 season.

    Gabon’s all-time leading scorer is Aubameyang. He made his Gabonese senior debut in 2009, at the age of 19, and went on to play in four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics. Aubameyang was named African Footballer of the Year in 2016, becoming the first Gabonese and the second European-born player to do so.

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