Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon teammates slept on the airport floor ahead of their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia which they lost 2-1, according to Sky Sports.
The team arrived at Banjul airport in Gambia on Sunday evening but were not permitted to leave the airport due to an administrative problem. They were given permission to leave the airport on Monday morning after the government got involved.
They were not given any explanation regarding why they were not allowed to leave the airport for the entire night but the Gabon federation posted a picture of this incident without any comment on their Facebook page.
Aubameyang criticised the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the inconvenience caused and urged them to make drastic improvements in order for African football to make progress.
Gabon lost 2-1 to Gambia and as a result, are second in their group, ahead of Congo and Angola who both have a game in hand and play each other on Tuesday. Aubameyang praised his team’s spirit despite the defeat.
After not qualifying for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, this will be the Panthers’ first appearance in the tournament to decide Africa’s best since 2017. They will face Congo and Angola in March 2021 and if they win both games, they will seal qualification.