RETIRED

The K.V Oostende keeper gained 106 caps over 14 years and was a part of Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations squads at 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Announcing his decision into the French news website Jeune Afrique, that the Port-Gentil native said:”After 14 years as a global I think the time has come to step aside in the team, and let younger players to come through.

“I’ve played four Africa Cup of Nations finals and I’ve more than 100 caps. I’ve given a whole lot to my nation, which has also given me a lot. It was an honour to play for Gabon.”

Ovono was given his international debut against Algeria in 2003 and was his country’s initial choice in Nations Cup tournaments.

He admitted that his decision to signify Gabon at the 2017 championship on home soil cost him his position at Belgian club Oostende – in which he is out of contract at the end of the season.

“I don’t have a club for next year, so my immediate priority right now is to get another team.

“I chose to play in the Nations Cup this year as it was unthinkable to not play this championship with Gabon in my nation.

“The officials of Oostende did not want me to go, but I went anyway. It happened the other goalkeeper in Oostende [Silvio Proto] was hurt.

“So the team signed another goalkeeper while I was away on international duty, which was plausible.

“I returned from Gabon and moved from number one to third option; it was difficult and frustrating to watch the games from the bench or the racks.

“At 34 I think it will be impossible to create both my own country and team happy, therefore at 34 it is far better to retire and find a club where I could concentrate on a club profession.”

Ovono who began his professional career in Gabon has played in El Salvador, Portugal, Georgia and France.