By winning their first match for their first appearance in the AFCON, The Gambia Scorpions make history.
With a goal action from the 10th minute, the Scorpions put the Mauritanian team under doubt in Limbé. The ball was played from the right by Barrow to Ablie Jallow, who controlled the ball with his left foot and shot into the net of goalkeeper Diop Babacar. In the aftermath of this goal, the Mauritanians tried to get back into the game by pressing high, however the Gambian defence, especially the goalkeeper Jobe Modou, destroyed all attempts.
It’s a joyous day for the Gambia, which has made it to the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations after finishing first in their group ahead of Gabon and making the playoffs and qualifying for the group stage. Three precious points for captain Pa Modou Jagne.
According to Musa Barrow,
“It is an honor for me to be the Man of the Match for Gambia’s first Africa Cup of Nations game. My college scored an extraordinary goal which delivers a whole nation. We will continue to play match by match and look for a place in the second round. I am happy and proud of our collective work”.
Tom Saintfiet, Coach of The Gambia:
“We were the little thumbs, the outsiders, a small country but with quality players, competitors at heart. We will try to win each match, by not putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We are realistic, the second game will be even more disputed. We won our first historic AFCON match. It’s amazing what happens to us when we look in the rear-view mirror”.