Aubameyang & Team-mates Sleep On Airport Floor

November 16, 2020

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon team-mates were forced to spend the night sleeping on the airport floor ahead of their vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia.

Aubameyang used social media to highlight their plight after arriving at Banjul airport on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s Group D clash in the Gambian capital.

The Gabon delegation were told they were not allowed to leave the airport because of an administrative problem and were forced to sleep on the floor before being allowed to leave in the morning after government intervention.

No reason was given for not allowing the team to exit the airport and head to their hotel after arrival. Gabon’s federation posted pictures of the incident to its Facebook page but without any comment.

“Nice job CAF, it’s as if we were back in the 1990s,” Aubameyang posted on Twitter in a reference to previous 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 top of the group standings, three points ahead of Gambia, who are seeking to reach the Nations Cup finals for the first time. The top two teams in the group, which also includes Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, advance to the finals in Cameroon in early 2022.

Nov 17, 2020 at 12:21 AM
Nov 17, 2020 at 04:36 PM
They didn't sleep over night did they...
Nov 17, 2020 at 04:37 PM
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Jan 01, 1970 at 01:00 AM

Is it that funny?
Nov 17, 2020 at 07:10 PM
Hmmm...this africa sef!
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True talk aubu
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