Marseille`s Mario Lemina refuses Gabon`s CAN call-up

Marseille midfielder Mario Lemina has rejected his country of birth Gabon`s call after being named Sunday in their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

AFP| Last Updated: Dec 28, 2014, 21:08 PM IST
Marseille`s Mario Lemina refuses Gabon`s CAN call-up

Paris: Marseille midfielder Mario Lemina has rejected his country of birth Gabon`s call after being named Sunday in their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

"I`m not going to the CAN," Lemina announced 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," added Lemina who was born in Gabon but who has represented France at youth level.

Lemina was part of the French side that became Under-20 world champions.

"For the moment my wish is to play for the France team," he told French radio station RMC last month.

"But at the same time I haven`t said no to Gabon. It depends on a lot of things...on my family, but for the time being I`m giving everything to France."
Gabon squad

Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono (Ostende/BEL), Anthony Mfa Mezui (Metz/FRA), Stéphane Bitseki (CF Mounana)

Defenders : Lloyd Palun (Nice/FRA), Yrondu Musavu King (Caen/FRA), Benjamin Zé Ondo (ES Sétif/ALG), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff/ENG), Henri Junior Ndong (Auxerre/FRA), Aaron Appindangoye (CF Mounana), Johan Obiang (Chateauroux/FRA), Junior Randal Oto`o Zue (Sporting Braga/POR)

Midfielders: André Biyogo Poko (Bordeaux/FRA), Didier Ibrahim Ndong (CS Sfaxien/TUN), Samson Mbingui (MC Alger/ALG), Mario Lemina (Marseille/FRA), Lévy Madinda (Celta Vigo/ESP), Kanga Guelor (FC Rostov/RUS), Alexander N`Doumbou (Marseille/FRA)

Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Malick Evouna (WAC Casablanca/MAR), Frédéric Bulot (Charlton Athletic/ENG), Romaric Rogombé (AC Leopards/RDC), Johan Lengoualama (Difaa/MAR)