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Star Player Gabon: Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang

The run­ner-up for the 2016 CAF Player of the Year award is among Africa’s bright­est stars who light up Europe, thanks to his ex­ploits with Borus­sia Dort­mund where he’s scored 20 goals in 22 games this sea­son. The hosts will hope his scor­ing boots weren’t in the lost lug­gage that forced him to at­tend the CAF awards in a t-shirt.


A tough de­fender in his play­ing days, the Spa­niard has – as a coach – adopted that same fiery and stubborn men­tal­ity as a coach which has seen him en­dure some short stints as Real Madrid and China’s coach. Two months into his ten­ure as Gabon coach, how he han­dles the pres­sure of lead­ing the hosts and a star, Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, who likes to be pam­pered could de­fine his time with the Panthers.

What’s their story?

The last time Gabon hosted the Afcon, as joint-hosts with Equa­to­rial Guinea in 2012, they reached the quar­ter­fi­nals and lost to Mali on penal­ties. A lot of that was thanks to Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang’s per­for­mance as well as the vo­cal crowd that backs them. They’ll be look­ing to do bet­ter than reach­ing the last eight this time in front of their home crowd.

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