Aubameyang named in Gabon squad to play Burundi, AFCON 2019 qualifiers

Arsenal striker and the English Premier League’s second-highest top goalscorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been named in Gabon’s squad selected by Coach Daniel Cousin for 2019 AFCON qualifiers against Burundi.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will make a return for Gabon in their final group qualifying game against Burundi as the qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ends on March 23.

The game between Gabon and Burundi Intambamurugamba will be held at Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium, on 23 March in Bujumbura.

Gabon Panthers must win the match against Burundi Intambamurugamba, to qualify for the tournament, while Burundi Intambamurugamba still has only a chance to draw the game to book their ticket to join other teams already qualified for the African Cup of Nations which will be played in Egypt.

A draw for Burundi will be enough to see them qualify for their first ever African Cup of Nations finals.

Aubameyang, who has scored 17 goals in the English Premier League this season, including his strike against Manchester United on Sunday, has only featured in two of Gabon’s five previous qualifiers.

The 29-year-old striker missed the Panthers’ last two matches against South Sudan (a 1-0 victory) and Mali (a 1-0 defeat), though he was originally named in both squads.

Coach Cousin has recalled a number of players in his 23-man squad desperate to save Gabon’s campaign.

Gabon squad:

Goalkeepers
Didier Ovono Ebang (FC Paris, France), Yves Stephane Bitseki Moto (CF Mounana), Jean-Noel Amonome (FC 105 Libreville).

Defenders:
Lloyd Palun (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Johann Obiang (Troyes, France), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City, Wales), Junior Randal Otoo Zue (Westerlo, Belgium), Wilfried Ebane Abessolo (Lorient, France), Musavu King (Boulogne, France), Aaron Appindangoye (Umraniyespor, Turkey), Gilchrist Nguema (Benfica de Macau, Macau).

Midfielders:
Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Guingamp, France), Andre Biyogo Poko (Goztepe, Turkey), Levy-Clement Madinda (Umraniyespor, Turkey), Hans Nze Afatoughe (Bourges, France), Clech Loufilou (AS Mangasport), Joha Branger Engone (Oldham Athletic, England), Jim Emilien Allevinah.

Forwards:
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, England), Gaetan Missi Mezu (Dunarea Calarasi, Romania), Axel Meye Me Ndong (Qadsia, Kuwait), Denis Bouanga (Nimes, France), Malick Evouna (Santa Clara, Portugal).

Standby:
Aaron Boupendza (Tours, France), Cedric Ongo Biyoghe (AS Vita Club, DR Congo), Guelor Kanga Kaku (Sparta Prague).

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