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Arsene Copa joins Gabon camp
The withdrawal of Stéphane Achy on health grounds has compelled Gabon coach Alain Giresse to hand a call up to midfielder Arsene Copa, who plays for Hungarian first division side Gyori.
The player, who had attended the last reunion of the Panthers in Libreville joined the rest of the team last Monday at their camping base in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where they have been since last November 30.
The newcomer who completes the 23-man squad of the Gabonese was expected to take part in a friendly against Mozambique on January 6, the last for the Panthers in their buildup to the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Angola 2010.
“Our preparation is going on steadily. We are here in a geographical condition identical to those of Lubango,”coach Giresse told Gabonese daily L’Union.
The Panthers will launch their campaign against Cameroon on January 13 in Lubango.
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