A day of history. The Gambia’ Scorpions have achieved a historic feat by winning their first match for their first appearance in AFCON finals.
The RFC midfielder Seraing also entered the history of Gambian football, scoring the only goal of the match.
The Scorpions started the game very strongly in Limbé, making the Mourabitounes doubt with a goal action from the tenth minute.
Barrow found Ablie Jallow who controled the ball from the right before putting a dry strike with his left foot into the net of goalkeeper Diop Babacar.
After this goal, the Mauritanians tried to get back to the mark and played very high, but the Gambian defense, well around their goalkeeper Jobe Modou annihilated all actions.
Neither Ba Papa Ibnou, nor even Captain Aboubacar Kamara succeeded in breaking the wall of the Scorpions.
After the break, the Mourabitounes played their game with forays to the sides, or collective combinations, but always in vain against Modou.
Neither the intention of Fofana Gussouma’s comrades, nor even the application and experience of Le Havre Ibnou were enough to set the record straight.
On the other side, the charges of Tom Saintfiet played blocks and controled the ball to hold this first historic victory for the Scorpions.
The Gambia, which is the only team to have made it through the playoffs and then the qualifying group stage for the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, finishing first in their group ahead of Gabon can celebrate their entry. Three precious points for captain Pa Modou Jagne and his teammates who join Mali at the top of Group F.
Mali 1-0 Tunisia; Ivory Coast 1-0 Equatorial Guinea.