Prolific striker Aubameyang enjoys megastar status in Gabon.
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Prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will carry a heavy burden in the African Nations Cup finals with the hopes of the host nation resting squarely on his shoulders.The Borussia Dortmund marksman enjoys megastar status in Gabon, who host the finals for the second time in five years, and the 27-year-old is expected to deliver the goals that will give the country a realistic chance of a first African title. He has already brought an unexpected profile to a country short of any football success by winning the 2015 African Footballer of the Year award, celebrated in Libreville as if Gabon had won a major tournament. At that tournament, Gabon went out at the quarterfinal stage, eliminated in a penalty shootout where Aubameyang suffered the heartbreak of missing the vital kick.
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