Comprehensive win for Gambia in friendly
The Gambia national football team recorded a morale boosting 3-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Banjul last night.
Victory was sealed with first half goals from Tijan Jaiteh and Demba Savage, with Momodou Ceesay adding a 2nd half penalty to ensure a resounding result.
Despite some last minute withdrawals Gambia’s Scorpions fielded a strong side and dominated early play. Even before Tijan Jaiteh’s 17th minute opener Gambia squandered numerous chances with the Congolese ‘keeper in inspired form. However even he was unable to stop the tremendous opener.
Following a misplaced goalkick Tijan Jaiteh brought down and controlled the ball before unleashing a piledriver of a shot that left the ‘keeper helpless. This was just reward for the Gambians early play.
The lead was doubled in the 21st minute when Demba Savage received the ball in his own half and proceeded to dance his way through the Congo defense before coolly slotting home.
Half time was warmly welcomed by the Congolese as they had been completely over-run and were lucky to be only 2 down at the break.
The second half was a tighter affair as the Congolese made several changes and looked to stifle the rampant Gambian attack.
The game was sealed just after the hour after a penalty was awarded when the ‘keeper brought down Momodou Ceesay in the area. Ceesay picked himself up to slot the penalty away sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
After that the game fizzled out with Gambia content with their evenings work.
The result is a big boost to Gambia ahead of their CAF African Cup of Nations ties against Namibia in Windhoek and Burkina Faso in the group decider in Banjul.
Victory in these games will ensure Gambia progress for the first time to Africa’s showcase football event.