There was panic and turbulence in the camp of Gambia National team Wednesday night when their chartered flight convening the Gambia national team players to African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast developed technical fault in the air.
It could be recalled that the players earlier had issue of an unpaid bonuses, which led the players to boycott the farewell ceremony with the public scheduled for Tuesday.
The statement released by the association says “The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) regrets to inform the general public that the chartered flight carrying the Scorpions to the Africa Cup of Nations returned to Banjul due to technical problems.
“The flight had been going on for nine minutes when the crew realized this and immediately requested to return to Banjul.
Upon landing, preliminary investigations indicated that there had been a loss of cabin pressure and oxygen. However, the technical team of the flight operating company, Air Côte d’Ivoire, is further assessing the situation to establish the cause of the lack of oxygen and pressure in the cabin.
In this regard, the team, including players and staff, is now en route to the Ocean Bay Hotel awaiting further instructions.
It is important to note that every member of the delegation is safe and sound. The public will be kept informed of any developments in this matter.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused as we seek to find a quick solution to get the team to Ivory Coast as quickly as possible”, the statement read.
AFCON 2023 will kickoff on Saturday 13th January, 2023 in Ivory Coast as the host nations plays Guinea Bissau.