AFCON 2015: Mario Lemina rejects Gabon’s call-up

Olympique Marseille’s midfielder Mario Lemina turned down his call-up from Gabon for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 21-year old Gabonese-born French player, who claimed the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup with France in Turkey, insists he is still to make up his mind between ‘Les Bleus’ and the Panthers at senior level.

“I`m not going to the AFCON,” Lemina posted on his Twitter page.

“Everything that`s being said at the moment is only rumours, I`m sorry but there`s been no agreement between Gabon and me,” he added, following his inclusion on Gabon’s 23-player list for the continental competition on Sunday.

National coach Jorge Costa has put his faith in the squad that secured a first-place finish in their Group C of the AFCON qualifiers.

The Panthers will kick off their campaign against Burkina Faso in Bata on January 17, before facing Congo on January 21 and host country Equatorial Guinea on the same ground four days later.

GABON 23-PLAYER SQUAD FOR 2015 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

Goalkeepers

Didier Ovono (KV Ostende), Anthony Mfa Mezui (FC Metz), Stéphane Bitséki Moto (CF Mounana)

Defenders

Lloyd Palun (OGC Nice), Yrundu Musavu King (SM Caen), Benjamin Parfait Zé Ondo (ES Sétif), Bruno Ecuélé Manga (Cardiff City), Henri Junior Ndong (AJ Auxerre), Aaron Ondélé Appindangoye (CF Mounana), Johan Serge Obiang (La Berrichonne Chateauroux), Junior Randal Oto’o Zué (SC Braga).

Midfielders

André Biyogho Pocko (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Didier Ibrahim Ndong (CS Sfaxien), Samson Mbingui (MC Alger), Lévy Clément Madinda (Cellta Vigo), Guelor Kanga Kaku (FK Rostov), Mario Lemina (Olympique de Marseille) , Alexander Ndoumbou (Olympique de Marseille)

Forwards

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Malick Evouna (WAC Casablanca), Frédéric Bulot (Charlton Athletic), Romaric Rogombé (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Johan Lengoualama (DH El Jadida).

Reserves

Bonaventure Sokambi (CF Mounana), Romuald Ntsitsigui (AS Mangasport), Gilles Mbang Ondo (RAS Al Khaimah), Franck Engongah (OC khouribga).