Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slammed African football bosses, amid claims the Gabon squad were held “hostage” at an airport ahead of a crucial qualifier.The Arsenal star was held in Gambia’s Banjul International Airport for several hours, with authorities keeping hold of passports.
It is understood the Gabon players were held from 11pm local time, before being allowed to leave at 6am this morning.
Aubameyang blasted the Confederation of African Football on social media as the players waited to be allowed to leave.
“What a great night at the airport,” Aubameyang posted. “Looks like we’re back in the 90’s.
“Just want to know why Gambia keep our passports for Hours and they keep us at the Airport are we hostage or what ?
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“Are you gonna close your eyes ? Want to see the Next Episode of this Film.”
Gabon face Gambia on Monday, and Aubameyang suggested that the setback would not deter them from winning.
He added: “It will not demotivate us but people need to know and especially that the @CAF_Online take these responsibilities.
“2020 and we want Africa to grow, that’s not how we’re going to get there !!!”
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At 5.56am, he posted an image of the team on the bus to a hotel, with the message: “Finally in the bus, see you later. Thanks for the extra motivation Gambia.”
The Arsenal skipper will be looking to rediscover some form whilst on international duty, having failed to score from open play since the first game of the season.
Aubameyang has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks, with Mikel Arteta opting to use him on the left-side of his attacking trio.
But Gunners legend Ian Wright has defended the forward, suggesting Arteta’s tactics mean his opportunites to score are limited.
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On his Wrighty’s House podcast, he said: “If I’m being honest, there’s not many chances being created, which is why I feel so unfortunate for Auba.
“It’s just a coincidence that he’s signed his contract at this time and then the suits say, ‘it’s because he’s signed his contract, he’s clocked off’. We’re not creating chances!
“We’re not creating chances but I do not like seeing in a warm-up shooting session, people missing the target, and sloppy shots. All those things make you look into the team and what’s going on.”
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