Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked for 2012 Olympics

The Saint-Etienne forward has been selected to join the junior Panthers who will be participating in the 2012 London Olympics men football tournament beginning on July 25

Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been called up to the U23 team to take part in the 2012 London Olympics men’s football tournament taking place between July 25 and August 11.

The 22-year-old striker of French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne is not one of the three overage players authorised to complete the Olympic squad.

Born in France, Aubameyang briefly represented the French U21 team in 2009 before switching allegiance same year to Gabon, where his footballer father hails from. He was a member of Gabon’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations team.

Gabon are pitted against Switzerland, Mexico and South Korea in Group B of the 2012 Olympics football tournament.

The central African nation pulled off a shock last December by clinching the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship to book their place in the Olympic Games, followed by finalists Morocco, bronze winners Egypt and Senegal, who knocked out Oman in an inter-continental play-off to snaffle their ticket to the games.