Etikettarkiv: scorpions

Gambia register shocking 1-1 draw on home soil

The Scorpions of The Gambia on Friday registered a shocking one all draw in their first leg 2018 World Cup qualify match against the Brave Warriors of Namibia.

football1Despite the optimism that preceded the game, and The Scorpions’ bid to inject a new force into national football after a narrow lost to Cameroun last month in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, the results could not but be disappointing.

The 64th minute free-kick strike of AmaZulu midfielder, Petrus Shitembi, gave the all important goal to the visitors, much to the greater disappointment of Gambian fans, who had anticipated a better result.

The Scorpions, however, hit back just six minutes remaining through Demba Savage to grab a share of the spoils.

A better result for The Gambia in the return leg on Tuesday, 13th October in Windhoek will see The Scorpions progress to the next level.

Hatab Fadera
Hatab Fadera

Senegal annihilate Gambia, advance in CHAM qualifiers

The Terranga Lions of Senegal Saturday, 4th july, trashed its neighbours by a goal to nil to book a place in the first round of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Rwanda 2016 qualifiers.

Independence Stadium, Bakau - Foto: Fiskhandlarn
Independence Stadium, Bakau – Foto: Fiskhandlarn

The visitors gained an upper hand in the seventh minute of the game after Stade de M’Bour forward, Mouhamad Waliou Ndoye’s header passed through the Scorpions captain and goalie, Christopher Allen.

The well attended match at The Gambia’s Independence Stadium in Bakau was seen as a good opportunity for the host in their bid to turn the tide around after a shocking defeat at the Estade Demba Diop in Dakar, Senegal.

A fortnight night ago, the Terranga Lions defeated The Scorpions by 3-1, thus giving them a massive advantage over their opponents. That result meant that The Gambia had to win with a clear two nil in order to turn the tide around. At Saturday’s encounter, this was a herculean task for The Scorpions, who despite coming closer to produce the desired results, failed to materialise the numerous chances.

Even with the seven changes in the Scorpions line-up, the match ended with a disappointing outcome for the country’s footballing community, which had expected a better result in Banjul.

Reactions

Reacting to the outcome of the encounter in a post-match press conference, The Scorpions coach, Peter Bonu Johnson, said they came into the game with the intention of turning down the score line, but heaped blame on what he referred to as “the hesitant poor finishing of the players at the front”.

– You will agree that we had series of chances but could not take them. We were better here. The commitment was better. We created many chances but luck was not on our side. What we must do now as a nation is to start building a team now. At national team level you cannot build a team in weeks or a month, he queried.

Fellow coach, Mustapha Seck of the Terranga Lions, said they came to Banjul not necessarily to win but to qualify to the next round.

– We were working on a result to give us qualification. There were a lot of things to play for. We did what we were training on and so we were not under pressure. We came here with our game plan and thank God it worked well, he concluded.

 

Hatab Fadera
Hatab Fadera

 

U20-skorpionerna spelar mot senegalesklubb idag – uppvärmning inför Liberiamatch

FotbollPå torsdag flyger Gambias U20-landslag till Liberia för kvalmatch inför nästa års Afrikanska U20-mästerskap, men redan idag tar de emot senegalesiska premier league-klubben Casa Sport, för en vänskapsmatch på Box Bar Mini-stadium i Brikama.

På torsdag, 3 april, flyger Gambia U20-landslag till Liberia för att förbereda sig inför kommande helgs kvalmatch. Den 6 april spelar de gambiska killarna mot liberianerna i Monrovia och den 19 april spelas sedan returmötet hemma i Banjul. Vinner Gambia, och därmed slår ut Liberia ur turnering, har man troligtvis Elfenbenskusten att möta i nästa omgång. Elfenbenskusten möter Guinea Bissau i sin kvalomgång.

Hela listan på spelare och tränarstab som väntas lämna Gambia på torsdag har lämnats in till Ungdoms- och sportministeriet i Gambia. På listan finns 28 namn och man väntar svar från fem utlandsproffs, men det är ännu osäkert om dessa kommer att ansluta till truppen. Sedan tidigare har tränare Tapha Manneh lovat att man nu satsar hårt på att få ett stabilt och framgångsrikt U20-landslag som kan mäta sig med övriga stornationer i Afrika och med ett slutligt sikte inställt på att avancera till landets andra deltagande i ett U20-VM någonsin. För att ta sig dit måste Gambia sluta som ett av fyra semifinallag i afrikanska mästerskapet nästa år. Senaste och enda gången Gambia deltagit i U20-VM var i Kanada för sju år sedan.

I avsaknaden av internationella vänskapsmatcher mot andra landslag, har Gambia nu gjort det bästa av situationen och spelar därför mot Senegals premier league-klubb Casa Sport idag. Matchen spelas på Box Bar Mini-stadium i Brikama och tränare Manneh har lovat att killarna är mer än redo att möta senegalesklubblaget. Tidigare i veckan anordnade man också en match mot Gambias troligen högst rankade fotbollslag, de lokala skorpionerna, delar av landets herrlandslag. En match U20-spelarna vann med 2-0.

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