Scorpions hoping to sting Eagles

Scorpions hoping to sting Eagles
Lamin Jallow of Gambia celebrates victroy during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals football match between Mauritania and Gambia at Limbe Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon on 12 January 2022 ©BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jan 15, 2022. 12:00

Gambia will be looking to build on their first-ever win in the Africa Cup of Nations when they take on Mali at the Limbe Stadium on Sunday, January 16.

Kick-off is at 3pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)

The Scorpions marked their debut at the showpiece event with a 1-0 win over Mauritania on Wednesday courtesy of Ablie Jallow’s stunning goal in the 10th minute.

Tom Saintfiet’s side share the lead with the Eagles in Group F and this will be an important match for the tiny West Africa nation, who still have to play Tunisia next week.

The Malians also made a winning start to their AFCON campaign after Ibrahima Kone’s 48th-minute penalty was enough to see off the Eagles of Carthage 1-0 on Wednesday.

Mohamed Magassouba’s team made it as far as the round of 16 in the 2019 edition and they will be hoping to at least match that in Cameroon.

The Eagles have never won Africa’s biggest prize, although they came close in 1972 as runners-up to Congo, while securing back-to-back third-placed finishes in 2012 and 2013.

This will be the third meeting between the two countries, with Mali running out 4-0 victors in an Africa Nations Championship qualifier in July 2017 following a goalless draw seven days prior.

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