The Scorpions of the Gambia beat Mauritania on penalties to qualify into the Plate semifinals of the WAFU Cup of Nations in Senegal.
Omar Sise’s charges triumphed 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes in Thies. The two side came into the on the back of disappointing results in the knockout stage of the competition.
The Gambia dominated most of the chances in their Plate quarter final with Matarr Ceesay, Abdoulie Sarr and Muhammed Samba all coming close to scoring for Omar Sise’s team.
Gambia Armed Forces midfielder Matarr Ceesay struck the right-hand post with his effort 53 minutes after a neat combination with returning partner Bun Sanneh who missed Tuesday’s defeat to Ghana.
Sarr failed to beat Babacar Diop from seven yards out after beating his marker inside the area before firing straight at the keeper whiles Samba tapped wide off the goal when substitute Momodou Bojang squared him a low cross inside the box.
The Mourabitounes didn’t create a lot but came close to breaking the deadlock on the hour mark to when Ahmed Rachid wriggled away from Hamidou Bojang and unleashed a right footed shot which was parried away by the excellent Ebrima Jarju.
The two sides saw out the remaining minutes and forced the game to nerve racking penalty shout-out which was won by the Scorpions after Mauritania’s Mouhamed El Abd Nouh and Saidou Barry missed their spot kicks whiles the Gambia converted their four kick.
The Scorpions will face the winner between Cape Verde and Nigeria in the Plate semifinals whiles Mauritania exit the competition.
Omar Sise (Head coach, the Gambia)
We lost two key players in today’s game and that is a headache for me so am waiting for the medical report but am satisfied with the result.
We knew it was a must win against Mauritania so we just continued from where we left off against Ghana by coming up with an attacking approach which was good. We want to win the Plate and that is the objective going forward.
Ghana are more technical and fast compared to Mauritania who are very physical but congratulations to my colleague for bringing a good tactic to contain my boys but at the end I think we deserved to go through.
Moustapha Sall (Head coach, Mauritania)
The two matches against Burkina Faso and Gambia has really helped us identify good players for our return CHAN fixture.
It is frustrating to lose twice on penalties but we will go back and on our shortcomings but it was a good tournament for us despite going out early.
We had enough rest so it has nothing to do with fatigue do but we had seven players who joined the team after our first game.
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