The Gambia’s national squad have stung Taifa Stars of Tanzania on Saturday twice at home, with ace striker Mustapha Jarju scoring both goals in the 45th and 51st minutes.
The Scorpions’ consolation win in the CAF/World Cup qualifying match will somehow boost the already decaying football spirit among fans. Gambia and Tanzania played an exciting soccer match.
The match, held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, was the first to be played by the team since Mustapha Kebbeh took over leadership of the Gambia Football Federation in July this year. Gambian football officials were expecting a win, which according to them, would help prepare the team for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Morocco. A defeat in the Gambia has complicated the Taifa Stars’ journey to Morocco.
The Gambia had earlier lost against Ivory Coast, Morocco and Tanzania. The East Africans also lost against Morocco and Ivory Coast. A win in Banjul would have boosted the team’s FIFA ranking, which currently stands at 121.
Coaches of both teams would not settle for anything other than a victory.
After calling the 23-man squad of foreign and local players for the match, coach Peter Bonu Johnson was waiting for the fruits of his labour. “We shall do the hard work on the pitch and hope that we shall be lucky to translate our performances to goals and concrete results,’’ Coach Johnson told The Point Sports.
The head coach of Taifa Star also expressed his team’s commitment to defeat the Scorpions at home. Describing the face off as a “full-fledged war,” Kim Poulsen was ready to coach his team to victory. His team lies third in Group C after defeating the Gambia and Morocco at home.
The mighty Elephants of Ivory Coast leads Group C followed by Morocco.