AFCON: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to training with Gabon after Covid quarantine

Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to training on Thursday following the end of his COVID-19 quarantine ahead of their second game at the Africa Cup of Nations against Ghana in Yaounde on Friday.

He missed their opening Group C win over the Comoros Islands on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19 on arrival at the tournament in Cameroon.

But while Aubameyang is back to lead the team, as they look to advance to the last 16, Gabon must do without coach Patrice Neveu, who has tested positive.


Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has finished his Covid quarantine at the Africa Cup of Nations and is likely to play for Gabon in their second group game on Friday

Aubameyang posted two pictured from Gabon’s training sessionand the caption ‘finally’ as he got out of Covid quarantine to join the AFCON

Arsenal outcast Aubameyang was seen travelling with Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations but tested positive for the virus upon his arrival in Cameroon 

Defender Lloyd Palun and striker Kevin Mayi are also out after returning positive tests, the Gabon federation said.

The exact source of the outbreak within the Gabon camp remains unclear but social media footage emerged of players socialising at their pre-tournament camp in Dubai.

Aubameyang was filmed out partying with Gabon team-mate Mario Lamina, formerly of Fulham and Southampton and now at Ligue 1 club Nice. 

Aubameyang was filmed partying in Dubai with Gabon team-mate Mario Lemina last week

Aubameyang said he was feeling fine after a week of isolation in his room and posted two pictures of him in training to his Instagram account.

‘I got the opportunity to still be able to work in my room. I got a bike and made a circuit, trying to keep in shape as much as possible,’ he told his country’s federation Facebook page.

Aaron Boupendza scored Gabon’s winner as they beat Comoros in their Group C opener

‘It’s not going to be easy, because it’s not the same as match rhythm or proper training but we’ll get it done.

‘We’re going to play a very difficult opponent who needs to win the game, so we’ll have to be serious like we were in the first game. I know we’ll have our chances.’