Gabon players at the airport

Aubameyang and Gabon team mates forced to sleep on airport floor

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon group mates had been pressured to spend the night time sleeping on the airport ground forward of their very important Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in opposition to Gambia.

Aubameyang used social media to spotlight their plight after arriving at Banjul airport on Sunday, forward of Monday’s Group D conflict within the Gambian capital.


The Gabon delegation had been advised they weren’t allowed to go away the airport due to an administrative downside and had been pressured to sleep on the ground earlier than being allowed to go away within the morning after authorities intervention.

No motive was given for not permitting the group to exit the airport and head to their resort after arrival and even by earlier requirements of gamesmanship in African soccer, this was uncommon. Gabon’s federation posted footage of the incident of its Facebook web page however with none remark.

“Nice job CAF, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s,” Aubameyang posted on Twitter in a reference to earlier foibles blamed on the Confederation of African Football.

“This will not demotivate us but people need to know and CAF need to take responsibility. (It is) 2020 and we want Africa to grow but this is not how we will get there,” the Arsenal striker added later.

Gabon are high of the group standings, three factors forward of Gambia, who’re looking for to succeed in the Nations Cup finals for the primary time. The high two groups within the group – which additionally consists of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo- advance to the finals in Cameroon in early 2022.