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Scorpions test Algeria today

Feb 29, 2012, 2:02 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi-Njie

Expectations of football fans for a victory are high as the Scorpions are set to face their Algerian opponents today.

The Gambia will this afternoon renew their hunt to grab their first-ever ticket at senior level, when the Scorpions take on Algeria at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The game will mark the opening of the Scorpions’ preliminary round qualifying games for the African Cup of Nations 2013.

Team coach Peter Bonu Johnson is faced with the task of turning the country’s fortune around with a team that looks virtually ready and victorious for this duty.

Captain Mustapha Jarjue and teammates are up to make history against familiar foes Algeria as they are going flat out for victory in the first leg tie as well as defend it in the second.

Members of the Scorpions team made this rallying call ahead of the encounter expressing their confidence that The Gambia would beat Algeria.

Traditional winners

In the past, no matter the amount of effort The Gambia put in to win in Banjul against the North Africans, at the end of the two legs the Algerians would always have the upper-hand and carry the day. The job is always done in the return leg.

Things always change for better for the Dessert foxes, who arrived in Banjul on Monday for the international clash.

This has been the norm between both sides. But it is set to change this time around, as the Scorpions are expected to take full advantage of playing at home to win comfortably against their opponents.

More Fans needed

In a move meant to encourage more fans and cheering crowd to go and support their beloved country at the Independence Stadium, civil and public servants will close at work earlier than normal as part of an executive directive from President Yahya Jammeh.