Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blamed the Africa Cup of Nations hosts’ turbulent preparation for their group-stage exit.
Aubameyang said: “It is really annoying because we had chances. Sadly there are days when it doesn’t go in, like my first chance from two metres out.
“We are all really disappointed. We didn’t really have the time to prepare. We started a little bit late.
“But I am really proud of all the players, because everyone gave their all.
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“I think we were stronger than every other team in the group, but it is about everything, the preparation, the change of coach, it wasn’t easy.”