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Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stranded for six hours with Gabon squad at airport

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabon’s squad were stranded at Gambia’s airport (Instagram)

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left stranded with Gabon’s squad at Gambia airport for six hours on Sunday evening.

Ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia in Bakau on Monday, Aubameyang and Gabon’s national team arrived at the Banjul International Airport late on Sunday night.

But the players and coaching staff were held at the airport for six hours overnight with their passports seized as officials checked their Covid-19 test results.

Aubameyang posted a series of updates throughout the night before the squad were released and allowed to board the team bus just before 6am.

The major delay has left Aubameyang and Gabon’s squad with less than 10 hours to prepare for their game against Gambia.

In his updates, Aubameyang’s photos and video clips showed Gabon’s players and coaching staff sleeping on the airport floor.

Gabon’s players were held at the airport for six hours (Instagram)

Aubameyang has now urged the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to take responsibility.

‘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!!,’ Aubameyang posted on Twitter.

Gabon’s players claimed the delay will motivate them for their match against Gambia (Instagram)
Gabon’s players and coaching staff could be seen sleeping on the floor (Instagram)

After Gabon’s players had boarded the bus, Aubameyang posted on Instagram: ‘Finally in the bus, see you later.

‘Thanks for the extra motivation Gambia.’

Gabon’s players left the airport with just 10 hours to go until their match (Instagram)

Gabon sealed a 2-1 victory over Gambia last Thursday to secure a three-point lead at the top of Group D.

Aubameyang and Gabon are on course to reach the Africa Cup of Nations tournament which is due to begin in January 2022.

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