Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spoken out against the Gabon football federation over their decision to name his father as their manager without the 53-year-old’s permission.
Earlier this week, Gabon named Pierre Aubameyang (the Arsenal striker’s father) as manager of the national team. They claimed he would become a joint manager along with Daniel Cousin. However, Aubameyang Jr. posted on social media to deny the reports.
The 29-year-old revealed that his father is currently in poor health, and Gabon didn’t get his agreement before making their announcement.
“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 directed at 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.”
We can only speculate on how exactly this situation came about. From the sound of things though, the Gabon football federation were hoping they could convince Aubameyang Sr. to take the job by just announcing he’d already taken it.
Clearly, his son isn’t keen to let his father be pressured into a role he doesn’t want. It’s good to see the striker using his platform on social media to get the truth out.
Aubameyang recently played and scored in Gabon’s AFCON qualifier against Burundi, but then missed their following friendly against Zambia. At the time we assumed he was just returning to Arsenal early to prepare for the Gunners’ next game. Based on the opening to this statement, perhaps there was more to it.