By Lamin Drammeh
The Scorpions of The Gambia are poised to make history when they meet the host Cameroon in the quarterfinal of the Africa cup of nations. The Gambain side has a good chance of beating Cameroon considering their recent run of impressive form.
Having intensified preparations in the build-up to the biggest match of their career, the scorpions have defeated some of the giants of African football including Tunisa and Guinea Conakry and a 1-1 with another powerhouse Mali in the round of 16 to complete a historical end to the ground stage with 7 points.
Beating the Cameroonian team with massive success at this level will be a daunting challenge for coach Tom Saintfiet’s side but it is quite an achievable feat giving the scorpions rich in form, confidence and determination going into this crunch match on Saturday.
Cameroon have won the Afcon title five times while the Gambia’s Scorpions are making their maiden appearance at the continental showpiece.
The two teams are scheduled to meet at the 50,000 capacity stadium in Doula, Cameroon Saturday. The match will kickoff at 4:00 PM GMT.
With the exception of the suspended Yusupha Njie who picked up a red-card during the Scorpions round of 16 match against Guinea on Monday, which automatically ruled him out of the quarterfinal match tomorrow, there has been no report of injury or Coronavirus concern with the remaining players. Meaning all the players have tested negative of the virus, leaving coach Tom Saintfiet with the option of choosing from all remaining 26 players that are available for selection.
This news is seen as a moral booster for The Gambian side as they continued their dream debut in Cameroon with every reason to be optimistic of a victory over the indomitable Lions.
According to The Gambia Football Federation Facebook page, the team is in high spirit going into the most decisive moment of Gambia’s participation at the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup Nations.
The Alkamba Times would like to wish The Gambia’s scorpions greater success in this crunch match tomorrow.
Let’s go Scorpions💪💪💪
Lamin Drammmeh, is a multiple award winning Gambian journalist and former sports editor of The Point Newspaper