The Scorpions of the Gambia’s prospects of making it to next stage of the Amilcar Cabral Zone II tournament solely lies on their final game against defending Champions Guinea Conakry today.
In order to reach the semi finals the scorpions, now face a do or die affair and must win against Guinea Conakry to join Mali, who have already booked a ticket to the semis. Mali qualified from group b after collecting six points, 3 from the Scorpions in the opener and a further 3 at the expense of Guinea Conakry when they beat them 2-1 on Monday.
The Gambia will have to beat Guinea and will be counting on Mali to either beat or draw with Cape Verde to see them through.
Mali with six points will take on second placed Cape Verde, who secured two points after drawing two matches, while The Gambia will be facing Guinea Conakry in a tough battle as both teams have a single point. A win for either side will see them through to the semi -finals.
Speaking to the assistant coach of The Gambia Lamin Sarr said the Scorpions will go all out to win their final game.
He said, “I am very confident that we will qualify if Mali beat or drew with Cape Verde as we will go all out to win our next game”
He said the match between The Gambia and Cape Verde was a good game and the 4-4-2 formation we played has a good impact in the team.
In group A, Guinea Bissau and Senegal are the two semi-finalist. Both teams made it after beating the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and with Mauritania’s absence in this year’s championship both teams automatically qualify for the semis.
Fixture for Today’s Encounters
Gambia vs Guinea Conakry 4pm
Mali vs Cape Verde 6pm