AFCON 2021: Aubameyang tests positive for COVID-19

BY: bbc.com
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not played for Arsenal since a 2-1 defeat at Everton on 6 December
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not played for Arsenal since a 2-1 defeat at Everton on 6 December

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for coronavirus just four days before his country's first game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Arsenal striker and Nice midfielder Mario Lemina returned positive lateral flow tests on arrival at Yaounde's airport in Cameroon.

Assistant coach Anicet Yala also tested positive for Covid-19.

Gabon coach Patrice Neveu told AFP that the trio, who are all asymptomatic, are isolating in their hotel rooms and awaiting results of PCR tests.

Gabon's play their opening Group C match against Comoros on Monday, with their second group game against Ghana on Friday, 14 January.

Aubameyang was dropped by the Gunners and stripped of the captaincy by the Premier League last month for disciplinary reasons.

Hosts Cameroon play in the first game of the Nations Cup against Burkina Faso on Sunday (16:00 GMT).