Gambia out to stun much-fancied Algeria

Gambia out to stun much-fancied Algeria
Algerian player Slimani Islam (L) in action against Nigerian player William Ekong (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Algeria and Nigeria at Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, 10 November 2017.

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 06, 2018. 17:14

Gambia will square off with Algeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group D match on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h30 CAT.

The match will be played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia.

The Scorpions lost 2-1 to Benin away in their first game in Group D in June 2017.

The defeat left Gambia placed third on group standings without a single point.

They drew 1-1 with Central African Republic n their last game which was an international friendly game at home six months ago.

Gambia head coach Tom Saintfiet will be hoping to guide the Scorpions to victory against Algeria at home.

Meanwhile, Burundi edged out Togo 1-0 in their maiden game in Group D at home in June 2017.

The win took the Desert Foxes to the top of group standings with three points from one match.

They lost 3-0 to Portugal in their last match which was an international friendly game three months ago.

Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi will be keen to mastermind a victory over Gambia away.

Match referee Youssef Essrayri, who hails from Tunisia, will officiate the game between Gambia and Algeria.

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