Despite not playing their final group game against Tunisia, debutant The Gambia (Scorpions) are through to the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Scorpions who are on four points are guaranteed of finishing as one of the best third-place teams irrespective of the outcome of their Thursday’s game against Tunisia.

This is confirmed after the completion of group D matches which saw Nigeria beat one of the contenders for the 3rd place Guinea Bissau 2 – 0 with Egypt also knocking out other contenders Sudan.

Nigeria has done the greatest favor one could imagine for the Gambia who is leading Group F with four points.

The Gambia complete their group games with a clash against Tunisia who are on three points.

This  was a jackpot for the first-timers as they reach the round of 16 in their maiden AFCON appearance.

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