Africa: Gambia’s AFCON Fairytales Continues After Victory Over Guinea

Scorpions of The Gambia have continued their fairytales in their maiden Africa Cup of Nations tournament after defeating Guinea Conakry 1-0 in their round of 16 (knockout stage match) played at the Stade Ominisports de Baffousam yesterday, Monday.

Musa Barrow scored the all-important goal for the Scorpions to continue making history in the West African nation’s maiden Afcon tournament in Cameroon.

The Gambia made history by booking its place into the last eight on their first ever appearance at the finals in what was termed as West African derby.

Guinea’s Mohamed Bayo had a chance to put Guinea ahead earlier, while Musa Barrow looked the most likely to find the back of the net for The Gambia Afcon side in the first period.

Yesterday’s encounter ended with both teams having each of their players sent off for second yellow cards, and it was often bruising stuff but Guinea went out, and Gambia progressed.

Speaking in an interview shortly after the final whistle yesterday, Scorpions Coach Tom Saintfiet expressed delight for making history for The Gambia at their maiden Afcon even though he felt sick and did not sleep the whole of Sunday night.

“We have nine people with stomach problems (diarrhea) due to food poisoning on Sunday night. We did not sleep last night and many players have to be changed. Even though I feel weak but I am very proud,” he said.

According to him, they made history and are not going home from the competition.