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Aubameyang to star in Gabon friendly as turbulence flares

The player confirmed that he would play in this weekend's friendly against Sudan despite overnight riots where 1000 were arrested after President Ali Bongo was re-elected.

Aubameyang to star in Gabon friendly as turbulence flares
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Gabon's biggest sports star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confirmed on Thursday that he will be representing the national team in this weekens' friendly against Sudan  in spite of overnight rioting which resulted in 1000 arrests after Ali Bongo was controversially re-elected as the nation's president.

The Borussia Dortmund star striker is already in Gabon, which is due to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.

“We'll play this match for all the families that have been effected in Gabon. I'll be representing my country tomorrow (Friday) against Sudan”, the player said on Twitter.

Thousands of angry protesters poured onto the streets of Libreville late Wednesday, accusing the government of rigging election results after Bongo won a second term by a razor-thin margin over rival Jean Ping. His victory is set to extend the Bongo family's almost 50-year rule over the small oil-rich nation.