AFCON 2023: Tragedy averted as plane carrying players loses oxygen

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A disaster was narrowly avoided when the plane transporting the Gambia national team abruptly returned to Banjul shortly after taking off.

The aircraft was en route to Ivory Coast for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to Sports Brief, the flight had to be postponed due to an oxygen deficiency.


A statement from the Gambia Football Federation on Thursday, read in part: “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.

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“The flight was nine minutes long when the crew realised this and immediately requested a return to Banjul. Upon landing, preliminary investigations indicated that there had been a loss of cabin pressure and oxygen.”

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A new departure time have been arranged for the players and officials.

The Scorpions are in Group C with defending champions, Senegal; five-time champions Cameroon, and Guinea.

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