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Aubameyang and Gabon teammates sleep on airport floor ahead of loss in African Cup of Nations qualifier

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. 

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Omar
Omar
18 days ago

The truth is that the Gabon team withheld their arrival information from the Gambian authorities and when they arrived they refused to show or handover any Covid 19 test certificates which were communicated to them as requirements to enter the Gambia. On arrival at the airport they refused for their swipes to be taken for Covid testing. That’s why they were held at the airport until CAF officials had to intervene for the Gambian authorities to let them pass through and open an investigation to get the bottom of the incident.

Sulayman
Sulayman
17 days ago

Gabon footballers and there officials have no respect CAF and African am Sow if they go to any European countries they will not do this nonsense how can you go to Gambia and disrespect the Gambians people in their land you are even lucky you were not deported
back to your country we blame CAF for the action of gaboners

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