Gambia captain Omar Colly, Modou Barrow of Gambia and Saidy Janko of Gambia celebrate during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals football match between Gambia and Mali at Limbe Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon on 16 January 2022 ©Fareed Kotb/BackpagePix
Wednesday Jan 19, 2022. 14:00
Africa Cup of Nations
debutants Gambia will be looking to secure top spot in Group F when they take on Tunisia at the Limbe Stadium on Thursday, January 20.
Kick-off is at 9pm CAT (SA, GMT+2)
Tom Saintfiet’s side are in pole position and tied with Mali going into their final group match after picking up four points from their opening two outings at the showpiece event.
The Scorpions kicked off their campaign in Cameroon with a 1-0 victory over Mauritania on January 12 courtesy of a sensation strike by Ablie Jallow before a late penalty from Musa Barrow clinched a 1-1 draw with Mali four days later.
They will be targeting another stellar performance against the Eagles of Carthage as their West African rivals are expected to take all three points from their clash with the already-eliminated Lions of Chinguetti.
The 2004 African champions are third in the group on three points, having began their bid for a second title with a 1-0 defeat to the Eagles a week ago followed by a 4-0 hammering of Mauritania on Sunday.
A point could be enough to see Mondher Kebaier’s men qualify for the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams, but they will be gunning for victory against Africa’s 46th-ranked nation.
In their only previous meeting back in January 2010, Gambia emerged 1-0 victors in a friendly in Tunis.