Gabon federation says Aubameyang retires from internationals

The Gabonese federation announced, on Wednesday, that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has retired from international football.

The federation said that it had received a letter from the Barcelona striker and the Gabon captain on Tuesday informing him of his decision, after he played with the national team for 13 years.

The Gabon federation published parts of Aubameyang’s letter, in which he thanked the Gabonese people, his coaches, teammates and his father, who also played for Gabon in the 1980s and 1990s.

“I hope to make him proud to wear our colours,” Aubameyang wrote in his letter.

The 32-year-old Aubameyang played 72 games for Gabon and is the country’s top scorer with 30 goals. With Aubameyang at the heart of the team, Gabon reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to equal their best performance in international football.

Aubameyang’s last tournament with Gabon was a very disappointing one, although he contracted COVID-19 at the start of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and had to withdraw from the tournament without playing a match after being diagnosed with a heart attack.

He announced his decision to retire from international football two weeks before the start of Gabon’s qualifying campaign for next year’s African Cup in Ivory Coast.

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