Gabon great Pierre Emerick Aubameyang ha confirmed he will come out of retirement to continue representing Gabon after reconsidering his decision to retire as a result of a meeting with president Omar Bongo Ondimba.
The 33-year-old retired from international football in acrimonious circumstances after disagreeing with coach Patrice Neveu’s staff during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
However, a meeting with president Bongo last week in Gabon has completely changed the position of the Chelsea forward as he revealed on social media.
“I listened to the wise words he said to me as a father talking to his son… [and] I put myself at the disposal of my country.”” Aubameyang wrote on Istagram.
Though Gabon is faring well so far without the 33-year-old in the 2023 AFCON qualifier, the former Arsenal and Barcelona front man on board makes them a different team.
As it stands, Aubameyang has given his approval to be included in coach Patrice Neveu is expected to include the former AC Milan and Saint Etienne striker in his squad AFCON 2023.
The Chelsea striker already counts 30 goals in 72 appearances for the Panthers and could add to that if he returns and hits the ground running.
Gabon currently leads Group I with seven points from four games ahead of their double-header against DR Congo next month.
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