The Gabonese Federation has confirmed that it is allowing the Panthers captain to end his Africa Cup of Nations early
Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being allowed to return to Arsenal in light of the ongoing health problems he continues to encounter at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Gunners skipper has yet to feature in the biennial African football showpiece after testing positive for Covid-19 on January 6, and while he was due to return against Ghana earlier this week, his comeback was blocked on medical grounds.
Panthers coach Patrice Neveu has now confirmed to journalist that the striker will be allowed to return to Arsenal in order for his ongoing health problems and the nature of the Covid-19 residue in his system to be properly assessed.
The decision was taken on Sunday, ahead of Tuesday’s final group meeting with Morocco, to allow both to return to their clubs.
Aubameyang tested positive for coronavirus upon his arrival at Yaounde airport, having travelled to Cameroon from Abu Dhabi along with compatriot Lemina.
The diagnosis forced him to sit out the Panthers’ opener a 1-0 victory over Comoros but after returning a negative test, he trained with the team on Thursday ahead of their second Group C game against Ghana.
His comeback plans were thwarted only a few hours before kick-off with the Black Stars, after medical tests demonstrated evidence of coronavirus residue in his system.
However, Neveu illuminate on Aubameyang and team-mate Mario Lemina issue during an interview with the journalist, he said “since yesterday, the decision was taken to send them home to their club, we can’t judge it here in Cameroon, and we can’t assess the pathology of Covid here”.
“It’s important that Mario returns to Nice and Pierre returns to Arsenal, It’s a decision that we’ve taken among ourselves.” He added.
“It’s very complicated, I’m not new to this team, I’ve worked with Gabon for three years, and fortunately CAF gave us the option of having a squad of 28 players.
“In addition, losing Pierre-Emerick and Mario, it’s a lot for this team. We don’t have the squad of Nigeria or Morocco, and we know we’re in a hard competition.” Neveu continued
Gabon, who have four points from their opening two matches, are looking to reach the knockout stages of the Nations Cup for the first time since 2012.
The Panthers have also been hit by several new infections, including influential forward Denis Bouanga, second-choice goalkeeper Noubi Fotso, full-back David Sambissa, midfielder Serge Ngouali and striker Ulrick Eneme Ella.
More so, Gabon Football Federation subsequently confirmed in a statement that the players are being released from international duty.
“The Gabonese Football Federation has decided to put the players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina back at the disposition of their clubs in order for them to follow more in-depth exams”.
After the match, Gabon told press men that they were hopeful that subsequent medical tests would allow both Aubameyang and Lemina to return to action, although sources within the camp revealed on Sunday that subsequent medical tests had not revealed a change in circumstances.
NFF Appoints José Peseiro As New Super Eagles Head Coach
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Sunday, announced the appointment of Mr Joeé Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles.
The appointment takes immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Mr Peseiro.
José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62, is a Portuguese, who played as a striker in his days and has wide and varied experience coaching top clubs and National Teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
An educationist with a degree in physical education/sports sciences, Peseiro has top-level coaching qualifications/training, and has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Vitoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era), as well as serving as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan National Teams.
Peseiro is expected to lead out the Super Eagles for the first time during the upcoming tour of the United States of America, during which the three-time African champions will slug it out with Mexico and Ecuador ‘A’ Teams in prestige friendlies.
The Eagles will tango with the El Tri at the AT & T Stadium in Dallas, State of Texas on Saturday, 28th May before flying to New Jersey to confront Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, 2nd June.
The NFF also announced that former Nigeria international forward, Finidi George will now be 1st Assistant to Peseiro, with Salisu Yusuf now to be 2nd Assistant as well as Head Coach of the CHAN and U23 National Teams. Usman Abdallah is 3rd Assistant while Eboboritse Uwejamomere will be the Match Analyst and another former Nigeria international, Ike Shorounmu will be the Goalkeepers’ Trainer.
Erik Ten Hag Wants Man Utd To Launch Sensational Transfer Move For Chelsea Midfielder
The FidelinfoNews reports that the incoming Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea this summer as he looks to kick-start his Old Trafford reign.
Ten Hag, who has signed a three-year deal with the Premier League giants, is expected to oversee an overhaul at the Theatre of Dreams with several first-team players set to leave and a number of transfers targeted.
Manchester United have largely flattered to deceive since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all failing to replicate Fergie’s success.
The Red Devils have now turned to Ten Hag as they look to get back to winning major titles and are expected to back the Dutch coach with a £100m transfer kitty this summer
One of Ten Hag’s priorities is to sign a new central midfielder, with both Fred and Scott McTominay enduring turbulent spells at the club and receiving criticism from fans and pundits.
According to the Daily Mirror, Ten Hag believes French World Cup winner Kante would be the perfect addition and is putting pressure on Manchester United to launch a move for the Chelsea star.
Kante has been a revelation since his £5.6m move to Leicester City in 2015, with the former Caen star helping the Foxes secure a remarkable Premier League title and winning another at Stamford Bridge.
The 31-year-old has also won the Champions League, Europa League, Club World Cup, Super Cup and FA Cup during his six-year spell at Chelsea. He was a key member of the France squad that lifted the World Cup in 2018.
Despite his influence in west London, Kante has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge ahead of this summer’s transfer window after an inconsistent season.
Kante will enter the final year of his contract this summer and Chelsea’s new owners could be open to selling the Frenchman if they want to raise funds.
Manchester United have also been linked with midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni, Frenkie de Jong and Declan Rice, although the latter is valued at around £150m by West Ham.
Ten Hag will arrive at Old Trafford having guided Ajax to a third Eredivisie title this season.
Kwara United Appoints New coaches, Eye Continental Qualification
The Board of Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin on Friday relieved two coaches of their jobs and appointed two new ones to beef up the chances of the club’s qualification for Continental game in 2023.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the board sacked Messrs Ashifat Sulaiman and Taofeek Babatunde for the rest of the ongoing season.
Until recently, Ashifat is the Chief Coach of the team while Babatunde is the Assistant Coach. Both men have been Coaching the team since 2019.
Confirming the development to the Media Team on Friday, the Club’s Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye, said that the step taken by the Board became imperative to ensure total commitment in the team
“The Chief Coach, Ashifat Sulaiman and the Assistant Coach, Taofeek Babatunde have been asked to step aside because of negligence of duty, as well as pursuit of more effectiveness.
“We are very much aware that the season in nearing completion, but adjustments towards obtaining effectiveness can be done anytime, especially as remaining fixtures are enough for the team to make more positive impact,” Kumbi Titiloye explained.
Titiloye said that the two coaches have been replaced with new coaches; Ijaiya Lookman and Mukaila Olaniyi.
Ijaiya and Olaniyi were before now, Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the junior team respectively.
“We have elevated the Head Coach of our U-15 team, Coach Ijaiya Lookman, and his Assistant, Coach Mukaila Olaniyi, pending when substantive appointments would be made at the end of the season,” Titiloye added.
Titiloye charged the newly elevated coaches to make positive difference and justify the confidence reposed on them by the Board.
Kwara United are currently sixth on the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League table with 40 points, and will host Shooting Stars Sports Club in Matchday 28 on Sunday in Ilorin.
Meanwhile, the affected coaches were sighted at the corridor of the Kwara State Sports Commission Friday probably to seek redress from the Commission.
However, when contacted the Chairman of the Commission, Bola Magaji, said he did not have any knowledge of the incident as he was yet to receive any official report on the issue.
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