Gambia’s World Cup dream over after Angola defeat

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Scorpions have been sent packing out of the World Cup 2022 preliminary qualifiers after they were beaten by The Palancas Negras of Angola 2-1 in the return fixtures played at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda.

Angolan midfielder Hermenegildo da Costa Paulo Bartolomeu opened the scoring for the Palancas Negras in the 41st minute of the first half, just before going into the interval, while The Scorpions striker Assan Ceesay responded for The Gambia in the 66th minute with a fine finish.

Fábio Gonçalves Abreu restored the lead for the home side two minutes later after a simple finish in the 68th minute. Angola has now beaten the Scorpions 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 away win in Banjul last Friday.

The win now sent Angola into the group stage of the World Cup 2022 qualify round with the tournament proper to be held in Qatar and for the first time to be stage in November.

The latest defeat mean the sorry Scorpions side will wait until another World Cup Preliminary round which is going to be in 2026, as the country still searches to qualify for its maiden World Cup appearance.

As the hopes of playing in the Qatar World Cup is shattered, The Gambia will now concentrate on another preliminary qualifier this time the Africa Cup of Nations against Djibouti in November.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara