Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, the Arsenal player, criticized the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials after the national team had to stay overnight at Banjul airport after they were not allowed to enter the Gambia.
The Gabonese national team was suspended at Banjul airport from Sunday evening until Monday morning, hours before the scheduled match, which angered Gabon officials and players.
The Arsenal star published a tweet on his Twitter account, stating: “I want to know why the authorities at Banjul Airport kept our passports for hours and kept us at the airport … Are we hostages or what?”
Ça nous démotivera pas mais ils faut que les gens sachent et surtout que la @CAF_Online prennent ces responsabilité.
2020 et on veut que l’Afrique grandissent ce n’est pas comme ça qu’on va y arriver!!! https://t.co/7qCeYNaBmJ
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) November 16, 2020
He continued his speech, saying: “This will not frustrate our resolve… Everyone must know what happened, especially since the CAF bears responsibility.”
He ended his tweet, saying: “We are in 2020, and we would like the African continent to grow, and I do not think we will arrive this way.”
And the authorities of Banjul Airport in the Gambia had refused to allow the Gabonese national team to enter its territory for administrative reasons, especially for the laboratory tests for Coronavirus that the Gabonese national team players underwent before traveling.