Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia opened the 2021 AFCON with a 3-1 away victory over Angola at the Estádio 11 de Novembro Wednesday.
The Scorpions went behind after 3 minutes when Wilson Eduardo stabbed home a rebound.
Coach Tom Saintfiet’s charges regrouped and scored two quick goals courtesy of mesmeric forward Assan Ceesay.
He scored to ensure parity after 17 minutes when he headed home a Modou Barrow cross. A minute later, he gave The Gambia the lead for the first time in the match until the break.
Following the injury to Barrow, midway into the second half, Bubacarr Steve Trawally replaced him. Fellow returnee Sulayman Marreh scored what proved to be the winner on the stroke of regulation time.
After 5 minutes of injury time, the Scorpions held on for a famous win.
The Gambia was boosted by the return of the trio of Marreh, Hamza Barry, Modou Barrow, and Trawally, who went straight into the starting lineup.
The Scorpions will now host the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Independence Stadium in Bakau for the second match day in Group D on Monday 18 November.
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