June 24, 2024


The Gambian national has finally touched down in Cote d’Ivoire for the Africa Cup of Nations, 48 hours after originally scheduled.

The Scorpions flew directly to Yamoussoukro from the Banjul International Airport on Thursday, following an intervention by President Adama Barrow and Air Cote d’Ivoire. 

On Tuesday, The Gambia were forced to return to the Banjul International Airport just ten minutes into their flight after the aircraft carrying the team encountered a technical problem.

Meanwhile, Air Cote d’Ivoire, the tournaments official flight partners, have accused the Gambia contingent of not properly communicating their travel plans.

A statement from the airline said the Gambian flight only took off at 4.54pm GMT, four and a half hours after its scheduled departure time.

”After the aircraft had actually taken off, the crew decided to turn back after 10 minutes of flight, due to a pressurization problem,” Air Cote d’Ivoire said.

”Once back on the tarmac, the problem could have been solved very quickly by the aircraft mechanic present. However, the flight was cancelled after this return to the tarmac, as the crew had reached the flight time limit following the cumulative delay.

”However, committed to its role as official carrier of this AFCON, the airline dispatched a second team on the same day for the actual transport from Gambia to Yamoussoukro.”

Air Cote d’Ivoire later provided an aircraft after fruitful discussions with Gambian President Adama Barrow.



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