24th January, 2022
Debutants Gambia stunned Guinea on Monday to book a historic quarter-final slot in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Musa Barrow’s strike in the second half gave Gambia the only and winning goal to edge out Guinea at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam on Monday.
The Scorpions are now without a loss in the competition so far.
The Syli Nationale were without influential skipper Naby Keita who is serving a suspension.
Gambia made some last minute changes to their original starting line up after three players Ibou Touray together with Noah Sonko and Saidy Janko, pulled out of the match due to illness.
Modou Barrow and Musa Barrow were expected to be in involved in the attack for the Scorpions and try to get the goals.
There were very few clear cut chances in the first half.
Guinea had a half chance right at the start of the half.
Mohamed Bayo could not connect well with the ball as it fell to him in the six yard area from a corner. His attempted shot was way to high.
Martinez Jose Kante of Guinea challenged by Sulayman Marreh of Gambia during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Last 16 match between Guinea and Gambia
Musa Barrow came close moments later with a left footed strike from range stinging the gloves of Guinea goalkeeper Aly Keita.
Guinea also came close just before halftime with Mohamed Bayo seeing his shot go straight into the palms of Gambia keeper Baboucarr Gaye.
It was 0-0 at half time.
The second period was identical to the first with both sides trying to fashion an opening.
Gambia suffered an injury blow with their star player Ablie Jallow being withdrawn from the field of play. He was replaced by Ebrima Colley.
The two coaches were desperately hoping to wrap up the match in regulation time to avoid extra time and penalties.
But it was the Scorpions who drew first blood 20 minutes from time with Musa Barrow who found space in the Guinea defence to calmly slot the ball past keeper Aly Keita.
The Scorpions were reduced to 10 men with a few minutes left on the clock Yusupha Njie receiving a second yellow for a bad foul.
Guinea also were reduced to 10 men with Ibrahima Sory Conté receiving his matching orders.
Gambia held on to claim anther stunning victory to progress to the quarterfinals.
Match report by cafonline.com