The Scorpions snatched qualification to the continent’s bi-annual biggest football showpiece for the first time in their history after finishing top-spot in Group D of the qualifiers with 10 points in six group matches.
The Gambia thrashed Angola 3-1 in their opening qualifier match played in September 2019 in Luanda before drawing 2-2 with Democratic Republic of Congo in their second qualifier match played in November 2019 in Banjul.
The Scorpions slipped to Gabon 2-1 in their third qualifier clash played in November 2020 in Libreville.
The Gambia defeated Gabon 2-1 in their fourth qualifier tie played in November 2020 in Banjul before beating Angola 1-0 in their fifth qualifier match played in March 2021 in Banjul to secure qualification to the continent’s bi-annual biggest football festivity.
The Scorpions lost to Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in their sixth and final qualifier fixture played in March 2021 in Kinshasa.
Coach Tom Saintfiet and his charges will affray to stun Mauritania in their opening Group F clash to clutch their first triumph in the continent’s bi-annual biggest football fiesta.
Meanwhile, Mauritania made their debut in Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 but were eliminated in the group phase of the continent’s bi-annual biggest football jamboree.