Gambia wins maiden Afcon opening match against Mauritania

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb 

The Gambia National football team, the Scorpions , Wednesday won their maiden Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opening Group F match against Mauritania after Ablie Jallow’s lone goal in the 10th minute of the game played at the Limbe Ominsport Stadium in Cameroon

The Gambian side that is making their first appearance in Africa’s biggest senior football tournament came against all odds to defeat the Mauritanian side who were more experienced than their Gambian counterparts after making their first appearance in the tournament in 2019.

Despite the win in their opening match, The Gambia made a dismal performance, only pushing harder during the closing stages of the match.

The Mauritanian side created several chances to restore purity but the resolute Gambian defense denied all their goal efforts.

The Scorpions during the second period had several advantages to increase their lead through Musa Barrow, Ebrima Colley and Lamin Jallow but none of their chances created in the second period were converted.

Meanwhile, Bologna’s attacker Musa Barrow was awarded the Man of The Match award after creating most of the opportunities for the Scorpions side.

The Gambia currently tops their Group F with 3 points, level with Mali who also defeated Tunisia by the same score-line (1-0).

The Scorpions will next play Mali in their second group game on Sunday, 16 January before taking on Tunisia in their final group F game on Thursday 20 January 2022.


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