Francois Aubameyang named Gabon coach

Francois Aubameyang named Gabon coach

Gabon Football Association has named Francois Aubameyang as the national team coach following the departure of under fire Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho.

The 53-year-old, who is father of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, will be assisted in his new role by Daniel Cousin and François Amegasse.

The three men played for Gabon and captained the team at different periods. The younger Aubameyang is now the skipper of the Panthers.

“Given the urgency and the current situation, it was decided to constitute, around the Panthers of Gabon, group of coaches with a very good knowledge of Gabonese football and its environment,” Gabon FA announced on Thursday.

“Therefore, we have as national coaches, Pierre François Aubameyang and Daniel Cousin, while Francois Amegasse will act as General Manager.

“These three former captains of the national football team deserve, with their strong knowledge on the field and experience of top level competitions, to transmit their experience and tactical abilities to the team.

“The staff have as their primary mission to qualify Gabon’s Panthers for the next Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.”

Gabon lost their first match of the 2019 Afcon qualifiers 2-1 to Mali before being held to a 1-1 draw recently, prompting calls for the removal of Camacho.

Aubameyang Snr. played as a striker for nine clubs, including French sides Laval, Toulouse and Nice, across 20 years.

 

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