Scorpions’ fate in limbo after Togo defeat

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Gambia’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification is in serious doubt following the Scorpions humiliating 1-0 defeat at home by The Sparrow Hawks of Togo on Tuesday.

The jam-packed crowd, who gathered at the Independence Stadium to watch the boys in action, were met with disbelief as they left the Independence Stadium.

The Scorpions needed to win Togo both home and away, Benin at home and Algeria away to fancy their chances of making their debut in the continent’s biggest football fray. With this development, The Gambia’s chances of making it to the international showpiece remain in doubt.

The Sparrow Hawks composure and dominance paid off after Ayite Floyd led a counter beating The Gambian defenders prior to switching the ball to his right and smacking it in. This last minute strike was the decider as it put Togo ahead of the Scorpions. With a Togolese player sent off in the early part of the second half, The Gambia should have capitalised on the chances created and make a difference.

The Scorpions have never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations since its inception in 1957. The fighting spirit demonstrated by the boys against the Desert Foxes of Algeria, if they had continued the same momentum they could have collected the needed points.

Head Coach Saintfiet and his technical team need to learn from their mistakes and improve on their lapses if the country is to make headway in the continent’s biggest football fray in the future.  Even though, it was a black day for the Scorpions, losing complete three points to The Sparrow Hawks of Togo could have been avoided.

 Now, the Scorpions are languishing at the bottom of the table with 2 points, while Togo now climes to 3rd position with 5 points. Algeria tops the group on goal difference leveling with 2nd place Benin with each amassing 7 points.

“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.”

Christopher Reeve