Gambia out to punch Afcon ticket

Gambia out to punch Afcon ticket
Gambia coach Tom Saintfiet

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021. 10:21

Gambia will be aiming to take a huge step towards punching their ticket for next year’s finals in Cameroon when they host Angola in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT

The Scorpions are hoping to qualify for Africa’s premier competition for the very first time and will do so if they win and Gabon defeat Democratic Republic of Congo in Franceville at the same time.

Gambia are tied on seven points with Gabon atop Group D after four rounds of fixtures and will be eager to get the job done on home soil before Monday’s match in Kinshasa.

Angola head coach Pedro Goncalves has one eye on the future knowing that his team’s hopes of reaching next year’s Afcon are all but over. Palancas Negras head into the fixture in last place, having accumulated a mere point from their allotted fixtures.

But despite heading into the match as favourites, Gambia head coach Tom Saintfiet will not be taking Angola lightly, as Gambia aim not to squander a golden chance at making history.

“The game will not be easy; our opponents have something to play for but what we are able to achieve in the past two years shows that we are a strong team. Angola is strong but we know what is at stake; the players are all motivated and they are eager to play,” said Saintfiet.

Gambia claimed a 3-1 win over Angola in the reverse fixture hosted in Luanda in November 2019.

Angola took an early lead through Eduardo but goals from Assan Ceesay (two) and Sulayman Marreh steered the visitors to a famous win.

The top two nations in each group advance to the 24-team finals hosted in Cameroon next year.

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