He even said at a press conference that he was aiming at becoming Africa’s next Didier Drogba or Samuel Eto’o.
Expectations were high ahead of the Panthers clash against familiar foes Congo at the Bata Stadium on Wednesday in Group A second match. Aubameyang was the one man every attendant wanted to see. How many goals would he score? Would Congo defenders be able to stop the Borussia Dortmund winger? Questions were in air.
“We had a very tough encounter. We were unable to start very well. We couldn’t impose our play on Congo. We played according to their rhythm and fell in their trap. They were able to exploit it and took control of the game,” Aubameyang said at a press conference.
Congo coach Claude Le Roy had revealed preparing his defence mostly against the former Saint Etienne forward, who was unable to find his footing in from of goal, despite a number of scattered chances.
“I must admit that I didn’t play very well. It was a bad match for me. When it is good you have to say it, but for this one I didn’t play well,” he said.
With three points under their belt ahead of the final group match against host team Equatorial Guinea, Gabon have their chances intact to go through to the knockout stage which comforts Aubameyang.
“We lost but we are not out. We will negotiate the final group game to our favour and qualify to the quarterfinals.”