Issued: Tuesday 26 March 2018
Striker Kethevdama Foxi’s 75th minute stunning equaliser salvaged a draw for Central African Republic against Gambia in an international friendly match played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Friday.
The Scorpions beat Wild Beasts 2-1 in the first international friendly outing played in Morocco last year before their Friday clash.
Both sides played defensive and offensive football and crafted few goal scoring opportunities but failed to capitalise on their limited scoring opportunities ending the first half barren.
Upon resumption of the match, The Gambia regrouped to pile pressure on Central African Republic and created several goal-scoring opportunities. The Scorpions opened the scores through striker Assan Ceesay in the 58th minute of the game after Central African Republic’s net-minder saved his penalty after Salifu Keita brought down left-back Pa Modou Jagne to give the Scorpions the lead.
Striker Lamin Jallow could have doubled the Scorpions lead in the 69th minute of the game from Modou Secka Barrow’s brilliant past but his shot was denied by the bar. The Wild Beasts leveled the scores through Kethevdama Foxi in the 75th minute of the game after beating Gambia’s offside trap to fire home the equaliser and cancel striker Assan Ceesay’s 58th minute opener.
Striker Assan Ceesay could have netted the winner for The Gambia in the 78th minute of the game but his effort went wayward ending the game with a 1-1 draw.
The international friendly match was part of both countries preparations for their crunch 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Algeria and Guinea Conakry in September this year.