The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has issued an official apology to Mauritania, after its national anthem was not played in a match that brought its team together with its Gambian counterpart in the finals of the African Nations “Cameroon 2021”.
CAF’s apology came, Thursday, in a written message sent to the Mauritanian Federation and published by local media.
The African Union indicated that the person responsible for broadcasting the audio clip encountered a technical problem that prevented the Mauritanian national anthem from being broadcast on time before the opening of the match.
He added that he apologizes, through the Mauritanian Football Association, to President Mohamed Ould El Ghazouani and to the Mauritanian government and people in general.
The Mauritanian team was surprised, before its match with Gambia, on Wednesday, by playing the old national anthem instead of the current one, forcing the organizers to stop it and try to play the new anthem, but they were unable to do so.
After unsuccessful attempts, only the Gambian national anthem was played, to start the match without playing the Mauritanian national team anthem, which many considered a major scandal in the African Nations Cup.