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Bluebirds defender set for Burundi test

14th March 2019, 14:41 by Simon Barlow

Gabon have called up Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi.

But there is confusion over whether or not Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will join up with the Panthers squad for the match in Bujumbura on March 23.

Aubameyang missed Gabon's internationals in October with 'backache' but hinted at retirement from the national team set-up during a French TV show, when he said he was "extremely disappointed by the behaviour of certain people".

"Pierre is indeed summoned," head coach Daniel Cousin told the Gabonese News Agency (AGP).

"I did not receive any document from his club signalling his refusal to take part in this match. He knows what I think and expect of him."

Ecuele Manga looks set to start the match in Bujumbura, which Gabon must win to earn a place at the Egypt finals, despite his costly error which led to Mali's winner in their last competitive match.

"We’re still on track [to qualify]," the player said. "We’re third but we need to win against Burundi. Away games in Africa are really hard. I think that in March, it’s going to be the finals and we need to give it all to give the Gabonese public and fans something to cheer for. We will fight until the end, we will go and try to get that qualification."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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