By Muhammed L. Bojang & Ousman A. Marong
The Scorpions of The Gambia finally takes its venom to bite the shattered dreams into a reality after qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in her 56 years of history.
The tournament will be hosted by Cameroon.
The Gambia’s darling Scorpions booked their place in next year’s tournament after a one-nil victory over Angola at the Independence Stadium in Bakau which merge with the three-nil thrashing of DR Congo by Gabon with a game to spare.
Coach Tom Saintfiet in his post-match interview after the game described his players as the best ever.
“These boys are the best ever players I have ever worked with. I worked in Togo with young stars but these boys are the best ever and they deserve all the respect”, he stated.
According to him, The Gambia Football Federation gets so many times criticized but are also the best federation.
He clarified that he cannot select all players to play for The Gambia and cautioned Gambian sports journalists to honour and respect their player and stop the endless criticism.
As the joy and happiness spread all over the country, Mamos media sounded the views of some prominent and local Scorpions fans on the historical qualification.
Boy Sillah, a fan who spoke to Mamos Media said: “We have been hoping and dreaming of this moment, and finally, we are there. I just can’t believe it. I’m over the moon and my emotions are very high”.
Lord Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe, Mayor of Banjul City Council tweeted: “Finally, Gambia has qualified for the first time to the African Cup of Nations after 56 years of nationhood. Congratulations to the entire team, United we stand”.
Coach Pa Samba Jow, an activist and social media commentator also took to his tweeter account to express his feelings on the victory. He wrote: “Thank you Gambia once again, this is so huge. Biri is smiling today, what a great day for our dear country”.
Meanwhile, the Scorpions have qualified with Gabon in Group D on 10 points each with a game to play and part of the first twelve nations which has already booked their places. The other twelve places will be decided on the last and final games of the qualifiers.