Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng recovers from COVID-19, available for Ghana clash

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng recovers from COVID-19, available for Ghana clash

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng has recovered from COVID-19 and will be available for the Ghana game
  • The 32-year-old is expected to start the match against Ghana on Friday after missing his country's opener against Comoros Island
  • Aubamayeng, who is captain of Gabon, will be a threat to the Ghanaian defence

Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng will be looking at putting his recent troubles behind him when Gabon face Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

The Arsenal star and Gabon captain looks to have recovered from COVID-19, which kept him out of his country's group C opener against Comoros Island.

But the forward confirmed his availability with a post on his Instagram story, showing him training with the Panthers.

Aubamayeng training ahead of Ghana clash at AFCON. SOURCE: Instagram/ @auba
Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng recovers from COVID-19, available for Ghana clash. SOURCE: Instagram/ @auba
Source: Instagram

His return is huge boost for Gabon, who need just a win to secure their place in the last 16 of the Nations Cup.

Meanwhile, the defence of Ghana will have the huge task of keeping the prolific goal scorer at bay if they are to defeat Gabon.

The Black Stars have not exited the tournament at group stages since the 2006 edition in Egypt.

Ghana lost their first game to Morocco and can revive their chances of progressing to the next stage with victory on Friday.

The four times Africa champions will then face debutants, the Comoros Island, on Tuesday January 18.

Ghana captain Andre Ayew doubt for Gabon clash

Earlier, reported that, captain of the senior national team of Ghana, Andre Ayew's availability for the second group C clash against Gabon on Friday is in doubt.

The 32-year-old Al Sadd star, who staid he felt sick before the Morocco game had to be rested for precautionary reasons.

Reports from Cameroon indicate he had to sit out as he rest of his teammates prepared for the crucial game against Gabon.

GFA boss confident of victory against Gabon

Ghana Football Association President, Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku has expressed satisfaction with the display of the Black Stars in the defeat to Morocco on Monday.

The GFA boss is confident the Black Stars will bounce back from the opening day loss and get the needed results against Gabon and Comoros.

In an interview with the media in Cameroon, Kurt Okraku sounded confident and believes the team will progress to the next stage of the tournament.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.