By Brian Mboh
The Gambia men’s national team have emerged winners of the day one games of the TotalEnergies 2023 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary qualifiers at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium against Chad, by one goal to nil this evening. The game had turn out to be a tough one for coach Tom Saintfiet and boys. With the Scorpions scoring an 89 minutes restoration goal through Bubacarr Trawally.
The Chadian side via her lead striker Ezekiel Ndouasel at the 28 minutes failed to open score for the Sao in a 10metre header to beat goalkeeper Boubacar Gaye. The boys of head coach Mahamat Allamine continued dominating Musa Barrow and mates through out the encounter with two beautiful combinations from Ezekiel, Labo and Ahmat that were all fruitless.
However, few minutes to the end of the first half whistle from centre referee Santillan Dos, Musa Barrow in a 15 metres shot saw his ball deviated by goalkeeper Gadin Allambatnan of Chad at the 41 minutes of play.
The second half resume for both sides, with a lot of fast and short ball passes from the Chadian team demonstrating a high zeal to score.Casimir Ninga’s beautiful ten metres free- kick was unable to yield a goal for the Sao.
The Scorpions almost opened scored at the 67 minutes following a 5 metres closed shot from Ibou Omar that was promptly captured by the Chadian keeper. The substitution of goalkeeper Allambatnan by Adaoassou following an injury sustained on the left leg was a strong signal for the Chadian doom.
Head coach Tom Saintfiet’s lone goal had surfaced at the 89 minutes to end time through a hat-trick shot from Bubacarr Trawally, following a poor defensive play from Abdelaziz and mates at the defense line.
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