Preview: Gambia hoping to stun Cameroon

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The showdown in Bouake will see five-time African champions Cameroon lock horns against the Gambia as both teams search for their first win and crucial point to stand a chance of progressing to the round of 16 of the AFCON 2023. 

The Gambia is coming off a back-to-back defeat against Senegal and Guinea, while the Indomitable Lions lost 3-1 against champions Senegal and played a 1-1 draw in their opener against Syli National.

The Scorpions have lost all three of their previous encounters with the Indomitable Lions, including their last meeting during the quarter finals of the 2021 AFCON tournament. 

What can the scorpions learn from Namibia, which has beaten Cameroon twice and drawn them twice in the two countries last four meetings? Brentford striker Bryan Mbeumo is a great miss, as the forward has been sidelined for three months following an operation on his ankle. He has contributed 10 goals in 15 Premier League games. He was later joined by Aboubakar Vincent on the injury list for Cameroon, leaving Central African nation with Karl Toko Ekambi, Frank Magri, and Faris Pemi Moumbagna of Marseille as options in the attacking position. 

The Idomitable Lions usually fare well in previous Nations Cup editions; winning in 2017, quarter-finalist in 2019, and semi-finalist in 2021, but they kicked off their campaign in Ivory Coast conceding four goals in two games and only scoring two. 

 

However, a win does not guarantee automatic qualification for Cameroon, who will have to rely on Senegal to beat Guinea to sail through in second position. They could also have a chance of making it into the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams if record a win against Gambia.

 

Key Player 

Frank Anguissa of Napoli the Yaounde-born player, plays for Serie A champions Napoli and has 51 caps for Cameroon. All their play comes from the midfield, and Anguissa is the engine. 

Cameroon registered two victories against Brazil in the 2003 Confederation Cup and the 2022 World Cup. Such results must stand as a motivation for the Gambian team by beating Cameroon in a tournament like African Nations. There have been lots of upsets so far, and Gambia can etch their name on Tuesday by beating the second most successful team in AFCON history. 

Gambia coach Tom Saintfieit made five changes against Guinea-Conakry, and many are hoping he will field a striker after both Mohammed Badamoesi and Ali Sowe came off the bench against Guinea.

Cameroon will fancy a leaky Gambian defense that conceded nine goals in their last four games. 

Ethiopian Weyesa Bamlak Tessema is the referee appointed to officiate The Gambia vs. Cameroon on Tuesday in their final AFCON 2023 group match. 

January 23, 5 p.m. Gambia-Cameroon, Bouaké Stadium

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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