The Gambia reached the African Cup of Nations tournament for the first time in the footballing history of the country after defeating Angola by a goal to nil at home ground on Thursday. This is the first that The Gambia has sealed a slot at the African Cup of Nations to battle it out in the sought-after tournament.
Star player Assan Ceesay scored the historic goal in the 62 minutes for the Gambia, enabling “The Scorpions” to clinch one of the two places from Group D. Gabon emerged first in the Group with a goal difference after thrashing DR Congo 3-0. This is Assan Ceesay’s third goal, in The Gambia’s AFCON qualification campaign.
The Gambia joins Comoros to qualify for the Nations Cup for the first time in their history. Both countries are two of the smallest nations on the continent. Coach Tom Saintfiet from Belgium, was appointed in July 2018 to take charge of the Gambian Team. He has been full of praise for his team for the historic qualification to the African Cup of Nations.
Despite health restrictions, thousands of Gambian have taken to the streets to jubilate the historic qualification. The qualification to the biggest football tournament on the African continent has brought together people from different political divide in support of their national team.
President Adama Barrow has reacted to the qualification, describing the team as “up to the task“. He reiterated his government’s support to the team while encouraging them to bring “the AFCON victory home”.
The following are the twelve teams that already booked their slot in the Cameroon 2022 games: Comoros, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Egypt, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and Cameroon ( Host)
The next five days of qualifying matches will decide the other twelve teams that would occupy the other half of the 24-teams for the finals.