Nov, 16th 2020 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has slammed the Confederation of Africa (CAF) after being made to feel like a “hostage with his Gabon team-mates after they were forced to sleep in an the airport ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia.
Gabon are scheduled to play Gambia this evening after arriving at the airport late Sunday night. Upon their arrival, the Panthers were delayed at the airport with reports indicating their passports were seized despite providing their coronavirus results to the immigration officers for checks.
According to African football expert, Usher Komgushia immigration Officials confiscated the team’s passports despite providing their full Covid-19 test results within the required deadline which is 48 hours.
Taking to social media, Aubameyang said, “This will not demotivate us but people need to know and especially that CAF takes these responsibilities. In 2020, we want Africa to grow and this is not how we’re going to get there!”
The national team captain confirmed that they were eventually allowed to enter the country just 11 hours before their clash at the stadium.
Three days ago, Gabon defeated Gambia 2-1 in their third D group outing thanks to Denis Bouanga and Aubameyang. They are at the top of their group with seven points after three matches while Gambia come in second with four points.
The panthers are on schedule to return to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2022 after failing to qualify for the 2019 edition in Egypt.