Cousin Replaces Aubameyang As Gabon Coach
Gabon has finally replaced the father of the country’s leading player, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as coach of the national team after he turned down the offer.
Former Hull City and Rangers striker, Daniel Cousin is the new Gabonese team coach.
Cousin’s appointment has been confirmed by the Gabon Football Federation (FEGAFOOT), who were last week heavily criticised by Aubameyang for the arbitrary appointment of his father Pierre Aubame as co-coach alongside Cousin.
Arsenal striker Aubymeyang said his father had not agreed to the job before being announced as a national coach, adding that he was ill and did not want the job anyway, leading to an embarrassing retraction by the federation.
Aubameyang, the 2015 African Footballer of the Year, said the original announcement was “another example of the federation’s amateurism” but FEGAFOOT said they were pressured into it by the sports minister, without explaining why.
Aubameyang, who also captained the national team, was among Gabon’s first exports to French league football and had previously served as an assistant coach with the Gabon team.
Cousin replaces former Spain manager Juan Antonio Camacho, who was fired after winning just two matches in his two-year spell as Gabon coach.
Cousin takes charge for the first time when Gabon faces South Sudan in Libreville on Oct. 12 and the same opposition in Juba four days later.
The country needs all six points to revive hopes of qualifying for next year’s African Nations Cup finals.
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