Gambia will play against Guinea on Friday, January 19 in the second match of group C in the ongoing AFCON 2023 with both teams needing a win.
The two side last met in Cameroon with Gambia winning courtesy Musa Barrow’s goal. The game at Yammousoukro promises to be fireworks.
Guinea’s last seven matches includes a win against Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and 1-0 defeat against Botswana before their 1-1 draw with Cameroon.
The two sides were dealt a blow in their opener as both teams receives red card in their respective games.
Sylli National skipper was sent off while Adams will be serving a two-match suspension. Noah Sonko might be slotted in that vacuum with Sulayman Marreh also available as an option.
The scorpions and Tom Saintfiet are celebrating the return of Ablie Jallow and Ebrima Colley who missed the opener against Senegal.
Guinea on the other hand will welcome back in form striker Guirassy, Bayo and Naby Keita who was their top goal scorer in the qualifier scoring three out of their nine goals. The trio were unfit in their opener against Cameroon.
Guinea is deeply struggling with the absence of powerful wingers since the departure of Razzagui Abdoul and Ibrahim Traore. The FC Arouca winger was dropped after accusing teammates of stealing his signed Vincius jersey.
Mohamed Bayo have gone six matches without a goal prior to finding the back of the net against Cameroon in the 10th minute.
Scorpions talisman, Musa Barrow is optimistic that The Gambia will collect their first maximum points against Guinea.
“We will try to see their weaknesses and try to play what we played the last game and get the maximum points. They might think we will sit back and defend.” Barrow mentioned
“This is a game we are going to gamble. I believe me and my colleagues are ready and we will win Insha’ALLAH.”
A win for any of the teams could move them to second or first place depending on the outcome of the Cameroon vs Senegal game.