The Gambia Scorpions side eliminated Guinea Conakry thanks to a 1-0 win in their round of 16 game played at the Stade de Baffousam on Monday.
Musa Barrow scored The Gambia’s only goal in the match in the 71st minute to help The Gambian team continue their unbeaten streak despite being debutant in the tournament.
The result has seen Gambians took to the streets in jubilant mode for what they termed as a history being made by the Scorpions team.
“I feel very much excited about the national team performance. They have proved doubters and critics wrong after reaching this stage,” said Musa Joof, a Gambian fan during an interview with Point Sports.
Hassum Camara, from Dippa Kunda, expressed delight seeing the Scorpions reach the last eight of the tournament despite being debutants.
“We have much to say about the Scorpions team because they have put smiles on the faces of every Gambian. We just want to pray for them (players) to go far because they are serving the nation. May Allah reward them,” Camara stated.
Mariama Joof of Bakoteh expressed delight about the performance of the boys, noting that it is the first time that The Gambia qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It is a plus for The Gambia. We are Scorpions. We are small but when we sting, you feel it. So we are praying for them to reach the finals,” Joof emphasised.
Omar Kebbeh from Abuko said the Gambian team went to the tournament as underdogs but can beat any team.
“If the players put in the same performance they did in the past games, they will beat Cameroon in the quarterfinals,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the Scorpions will next play the host country, Cameroon in the quarterfinal game on Saturday 29 January 2022 at 4 p.m. in Douala.