Assan Ceesay’s crucial equaliser salvages point for Gambia against Algeria

Monday, September 10, 2018

It was prolific striker Assan Ceesay’s 47th minute crucial equalizer that salvaged a point for Gambia’s national senior team in their crunch 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Algeria on Saturday.

The Scorpions came from one nil down to draw 1-1 with the Desert Foxes in a tricky game played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. Both sides made astonishing start to the game but created few goal scoring opportunities.

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez came very close to opening the scores for Algeria in the 18th minute of the game after capitalizing on Gambia’s defensive blunder but his shoot went away.

FC Zurich striker Assan Ceesay could have opened the tally for The Gambia in the 22nd minute of the game after breaking through Algerian defence line but his effort went away.

Anderlecht defender Bubacarr Sanneh could have put The Gambia in front after 29th minute of the game but his header went wide so the first half ended goalless.

Upon resumption of the game, Algeria regrouped and pile pressure on The Gambia and their efforts paid dividend in the 46th minute of the game when striker Baghdad Bounedjah netted the opener after capitalizing on Gambia’s defensive miscommunication to give the Desert Foxes the lead.

The Gambia responded and leveled the scores through FC Zurich prolific striker Assan Ceesay in the 47th minute of the game to cancel Baghdad Bounedjah’s 46th minute opener.

The Gambia is still languishing bottom-place in group of the continent’s biggest football fiesta qualifiers with a single following their 1-1 draw with Algeria. Algeria now bagged 4 points after their 1-1 draw with The Gambia and 1-0 home win over Togo last year in Algiers.

Author: Lamin Darboe & Lamin Gibba
Source: Picture: Gambia National Senior team