Dominant Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien strode into the second round of the Caf Confederations Cup with a convincing 7-3 aggregate victory against the Gambia clubGamtel coach Tapha Manneh walked off the pitch at the end of the game with his head hung in sheer disappointment as the visiting Tunisians beat his charges 3-1.
Played at the tiny West African nation’s third largest city in the scorching heat in Brikama, the hosts showed no sign of urgency giving CS Sfaxien much space to launch onslaughts. It was Gamtel’s lacklustre defending that cost them to concede after just 22 minutes.
Mohamed Ali Monser got into space to receive a Bonlaabi Bassem’s free-kick, lashing in a shot that teammate Ferjan Sassi met with a simple tap past a helpless Gamtel goalkeeper Musa Camara for the opening goal.
Gamtel struck three minutes after the opener amid pressure from passionate, but impatient home fans to grab the equalizer. Left-back Dodu Suso overlapped and powered in a low cross. Sfaxien's shot-stopper Hamdi Kasradus was under pressure and blocked the ball. Unmarked Conteh whipped in a right-footed blast for a 1-1 scoreline after a poor clearance from the Tunisian defense.
The second half witnessed a flurry of drama and it wasn’t until fifteen minutes on that the visitors raced into the lead again with Ali Monser slotting from close range following a fine one-two with striker-partner Ferjans.
Late on, fans began to march out as substitute Khrissi Taha Yassine put the icing on the cake with the game’s third goal after dozens of attempts earlier. Gamtel were Gambia’s lone representatives in the Caf championship after league defending champions Real De Banjul crashed out to Morocco’s FUS De Rabat.
Last year Gamtel were knocked out by Mali’s Real De Bamako.