Aubameyang urged to retire from Gabon team after Panthers fail to qualify for AFCON 2019

Aubameyang urged to retire from Gabon team after Panthers fail to qualify for AFCON 2019, Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has come under attack by Gabon supporters

- The Panthers failed to qualify for AFCON 2019 following a draw with Burundi

- Aubameyang has now been told by fans to quit the international stage

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been urged to retire from the Gabonese national team after his the Panthers failed to book a place in Egypt, for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019.

The Arsenal center-forward revealed he was thinking about retiring from international football but chose to return to the team after missing two previous matches for the Panthers.

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The Panthers captain failed to inspire his side to victory after being held to a 1-1 draw, as Saido Berahino helped the Swallows qualify for the tournament for the first time in their history.

One fan tweeted: "Announce international retirement @Aubameyang7."
"Aubameyang’s presence doesn’t make them great overnight. In fact they’ve won more games without him over the last three years. Collective effort beats individual brilliance, always," said another.

The 28-year-old quickly went from hero to zero in the eyes of fans just days after he was mobbed at the airport.

Another commented: "Aubameyang made all that noise about whether he would play for Gabon or not only to drop a disasterclass performance when his country needed him the most. Stay in London."
One simply stated: "@Aubameyang7 retire. Goodbye thanks."

Aubameyang started in their final group game against Burundi but missed games against South Sudan and Mali.

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"How is Gabon not making it to AFCON a shock? Made it out of the group-stage once in 23 years," one disgruntled fan pointed out. previously reported that Aubameyang put on a mask of popular Marvel superhero Black Panther after scoring his Arsenal's third goal in the Europa League.

The Panthers will be in action and need maximum points to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Burundi to climb above them to second place, below Group C leaders Mali.

The Gunners forward will be on international duty to ensure his country do qualify for the continental cup and will hope to replicate his fine club form for the Panthers.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.