Pierre Aubameyang of Gabon scores goal and celebrates with teammates during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Gabon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 14 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 16:30
Gabon head coach Jose Antonio Camacho has backed up star-striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's claims that dodgy orange juice derailed their chances of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Aubameyang claimed in the aftermath of their 3-0 defeat to Morocco in Casablanca that half the Gabon team and staff had suffered stomach problems after drinking the juice at breakfast, leading into their crucial qualifier.
In conversation with Cadena Ser, Camacho echoed the Borussia Dortmund forward's claims:
"I also was affected. We believe it was the orange juice because those that did not have it were fine.
"I just had a sip so I didn't have a lot but I still spent the morning of the game going from my bed to the toilet.
"I was the least affected but it left you tired. Half of my team and staff had stomach pains and diarrhoea throughout the day of the game.
"They had to constantly go to the toilet. It's strange that this happened the day of the game but that's the reality," the former Spanish international concluded.
Khalid Boutaib netted a hat-trick for the Atlas Lions who next take on the Ivory Coast in a straight shoot-out for a ticket to Russia.