Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon teammates had an unpleasant welcome at Gambia as they were stranded at the airport ahead of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Gabon had a few days earlier defeated Gambia 2-0 and Aubameyang was among the scorers.

But the Arsenal Captain and teammates as well as Gabon officials experienced a delay as they arrived the Banjul International Airport on Sunday, November 15 for the return leg.

Their passports were reportedly seized despite providing their coronavirus results to the immigration officers for checks.

The Panthers were still left stranded at the airport up until 4 am the next day which resulted in players and some coaching crew members sleep on the floor.

The team were finally released after Aubameyang shared pictures of the scene at the airport on his social media handle.

Aubameyang tweeted:

β€œThis 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!!”

Gabon are set to make one of the biggest comebacks in Africa after missing out in the last AFCON tournament in Egypt in 2019.

The Panthers currently top Group D, having won two of their three matches and playing a draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).