With the match set to start at 4 p.m. GMT on Monday, the Gabonese team saw their preparations for the meeting considerably disrupted.
A tired-looking Aubameyang announced on social media at 4:37 a.m. Monday that the team – who were seen sleeping on the ground and in chairs – were still waiting at the airport around six hours later. his arrival in the country.
According to Reuters, the Gabonese delegation was told it had to stay there due to an “administrative problem” and was finally allowed to leave after the government intervened.
Aubameyang called on the African Football Confederation (CAF) to take responsibility, adding that it was like going back to the 1990s: “2020 and we want Africa to grow, that’s not how we’re going. arrive !!!”.
Aubameyang also sent separate angry tweets on the official account of the African Football Confederation (CAF), on first reading: “Super night at the airport”.
He later added: “I just want to know why The Gambia keeps their passports for hours and keeps us at the airport, are we hostage or what? will you close your eyes I want to see the next episode of this movie. “
Aubameyang tweeted at 6 a.m. that the Gabonese team had finally boarded their bus from the airport, just 10 hours before the match started – and Gabon lost the draw 2-1.
Gabon were three points and three points ahead of Gambia before the game, but now sit second in the qualifying group on goal difference.
Spurs defender Aurier, captain of Côte d’Ivoire, took to Instagram to offer his sympathy to Aubameyang and call on CAF to step up and prevent such situations from happening again.
Aurier called Gabon’s treatment “disrespectful” and shameful, ”and also wrote about his story:“ You want respect from our community, let’s first respect ourselves!
“Strength to the entire Gabon team.”
Aubameyang reposted Aurier’s story with the message, “Thank you brother, real conversation.”
The Arsenal skipper added a message of his own: “No need for proud Panthers words even though we lost today”.