OGC Nice midfielder Mario Lemina has announced his retirement from the Gabonese national team, forced to quit the squad mid-AFCON owing to heart complications after contracting COVID-19.
Lemina took to Instagram to denounce rumours that the health reason for his exit was merely a cover for the fact that he was drunk over the weekend and behaving unprofessionally.
“I will not give oxygen to the lies that seek to harm me. I have nothing to do with that. I feel bad for my national team to be surrounded only liars in search of clicks. Good luck to you for the competition and for the future challenges. Now out of sight but close to my heart. By wanting too much to solve the problems around the national team, you are the one who puts yourself in harms way. Because all this wickedness has been in place for years. There is nothing more to be done… I definitively withdraw from the national team.”
Investigative journalist Romain Molina has put out a Tweet encouraging Lemina to give all the money and the cars back that the Gabon FA apparently gave the player so that he would represent his country in the 1st place…