Gambia sails through to final round of AWCON qualifiers

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia senior national women’s team is through to the final round of the African Women’s Nations Cup (AWCON) qualifiers to be held in Morocco in 2022, following a 1-all draw at home to Sierra Leone on Monday at the independence stadium in Bakau.

The senior scorpions first secured a comfortable 2-nil win in Monrovia last week as the Sierra Leone National stadium is not fit to host international matches according to CAF.

Debutant Fatoumatta Kanteh put the Gambia in front in the 22nd minute to give the hosts a lead on aggregate before the visitors leveled matters in the second half through star player Zainab Macauley. There after the visitors huffed and puffed the home side for another goal but to no avail, thus the game ended 1-all at regulation time.

Gambian gaffer Mariama Boom Sowe was full of press for her side and promised they will now shift their attention to the next opponent, Cameroon. “I am very proud of my girls. They really played well from the first whistle to the last whistle and am hopeful that with this kind of performance we can win any team that comes our way.”

The Gambia will now face the indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon who completed a double over Central African Republic (CAR) on aggregate 3-0. The final round of qualifiers will be played next February.

COB/DAJ/26/10/21

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