Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon have failed to qualify for this summer’s African Cup of Nations finals after drawing 1-1 with Burundi in their final qualifier.
The Panthers, captained by the Arsenal man, needed to win in Bujumbura to leapfrog Burundi into second place in Group C but fell behind to Cedric Amissi’s volley with 14 minutes remaining.
The visitors got back on level terms thanks to an own goal six minutes later but couldn’t find the all-important winner.
Judging by the highlights the closest our man came to scoring was a tame stoppage time free-kick.
The point was enough for Burundi to qualify for the first time in their history.
While Gabon and Aubameyang will no doubt be gutted to miss out on the tournament in Egypt, it does mean our leading goalscorer will get a proper break and full pre-season.
We’re guessing that Auba will now make his way to Dubai to meet up with Unai Emery’s touring party.