Arsenal’s Star Slams Gabon Appointment Of Father

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates scoring his debut goal for the Gunners. PICTURE: Getty Images

LONDON: The former Borrusia Dortmund has come out strongly against his home country football federation after they appointed his father as the national team head coach. 

Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has criticised the country’s football federation (FEGAFOOT) after they appointed his father as national team coach and said Pierre Francois did not want the job.

The Arsenal striker expressed anger at what he called the “amateurism” of the national federation, who this week named his father and Daniel Cousin, ex-Gabon captains, as joint coaches to succeed former Spain manager Jose-Antonio Camacho.

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“You were wondering why I have problems with you, why I don’t want to come and play for the national team,” Aubameyang wrote on Instagram in a post that tagged the Gabon federation.

“You have told the whole world about my father, the so-called coach of the national team when you did not even get his agreement!

“The president of the federation called my dad but did not even care to ask about his state of health. He’s sick at the moment.

“To rush out and hold a press conference [on Wednesday] when my father said he would give his answer only the next day is another demonstration of why.

“His decision, by the way, is negative. You didn’t even give him a chance to negotiate about his staff members or other things.”