The news fell like a blow on the head of Gabonese fans. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, both positive to Covid-19 at the beginning of the competition, will leave the group to join their club. It is the Gabonese soccer federation that announced the bad news in an official statement.
Aubameyang, a striker of Arsenal (English Premier League) and Lemina, a midfielder of OGC Nice (French Ligue 1), will continue to undergo extensive tests and will not take part in the rest of the competition, even if the selection passes the group stage.
As a reminder, they were suffering from heart damage following their infection. Despite this blow, Gabon, second of group C with 4 points, keeps intact all its chances for a qualification for the 8th finals.