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2021 Afcon: Aubameyang trains with Gabon ahead of Ghana clash after negative COVID-19 test

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to training with the squad ahead of Friday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) clash with Ghana after testing negative for COVID-19.

The Arsenal striker and Mario Lemina both tested positive for the virus last week and missed The Panthers’ opening 1-0 win over Comoros on Monday.

However, the Gabon football association said coach Patrice Neveu is isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

Gabon has had a troubled build-up to the biennial continental showpiece tournament.

The Gabonese government had to resolve a dispute between the players and the federation over match bonuses while the Confederation of African Football (Caf) scolded them for breaking the rules in changing hotel in Yaounde.

After returning to training the out of favour Arsenal man said: “For sure it’s always good to start the competition with a victory.

“After that, we must not think that we won the Afcon either. We’re going to play a very tough opponent who wants to win the game, so we’ll have to be serious as we were in the first game and I know we’ll have our chances.

“I was already very happy that the guys did the job in the first game, we are all proud of them. Now it’s up to me to level up and bring everything I can to the group.”