Why I snubbed France, Spain for Gabon —Aubameyang

Gabon International, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed his reasons for snubbing France and Spain for Gabon. Aubemeyang revealed that his dad is the sole reason for his desire to play for Gabon at international level. The Arsenal forward was born in Laval, France back then in 1989 to a Spanish mother, and is therefore eligible to play for both nations.

Though he is good enough to represent both teams but the Arsenal man opted to play for Gabon – the African nation in which his father was born back in 1965. Like Pierre-Emerick, his dad Pierre Francois was a defender who played for a number of teams: Nice, Toulouse and Le Havre in the French League. The retired defender who is currently a scout for AC Milan, also made 80 appearances for Gabon, and as a result his son only wanted to play for one team at international level. “I was very young when I decided [which country to play for],” Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official website. “I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. He was captain of the national side in the past. “I could well have chosen to play for Spain or France. I played for the French under-21 team, but I realised very quickly that in my heart I wanted to emulate my father.”

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