Omar Sey the CAF health officer for The Gambia / Gabon match explained the circumstances that lead to the incident at the airport.
speaking to KerrFatou Omar Sey said the Gabonese players refused to surrender their Covid 19 test certificates to authorities at the Banjul International Airport. The players were scheduled to arrive 6pm but instead arrived at midnight without any correspondence to Banjul. According to Mr Sey the players also refused to have their samples taken at the airport. Under the rules no one should be allowed in without a certificate or testing at the airport but with the intervention of the Gabonese Ambassador the players were allowed to go to the hotel where their samples will be taken this morning (Monday) with the results expected before kickoff at 5pm. Mr Sey said the Gambian team have undergone similar Covid 19 protocols in Gabon successfully having arrived days before the Match with only one sample returning positive.