Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has introduced his retirement from international football, simply weeks before qualifying begins for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals.

The 32-year-old didn’t make an look for Gabon at this year’s match after testing constructive for Covid-19 on arrival in Cameroon after which being despatched to Europe for checks on potential coronary heart lesions attributable to the coronavirus.

He was later given a clear invoice of health.

“After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I am announcing that I am ending my international career,” the Barcelona striker said in a letter released by the Gabon federation.

“I would love to thank the Gabonese folks and all those that have supported me in good and unhealthy instances.

“I will keep a lot of good memories like the day I made my debut … or the day I came back from Nigeria with the African Football of the Year award.”

Aubameyang was born in France and appeared for the French under-21 aspect however switched to play for Gabon, following within the footsteps of his father, who captained the aspect at their first Cup of Nations finals look in 1994.

“I thank my father who made me want to do like him, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours,” Aubameyang added.

Gabon begin their newest Cup of Nations qualifying campaign at the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 4 and play a second Group I game at residence to Mauritania on June 8.

 

©Reuters

 

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