Caf –U 17 defending champions Gambia boosted their chances of progressing into the last four of the on-going 9th Caf U-17 championship after a slim 1-0 victory over Mali at Umuganda stadium in Rubavu yesterday.
After a balanced opening 15 minutes, Gambia took control of proceedings and the Scorpions finally broke the deadlock on the 36th minute through winger Sarr Yusupha Dawa.
Gambia’s coach Lamin Sambou told the New Times.
“We practiced set pieces during training yesterday (Tuesday) because we knew the Malians are stronger physically and I’m glad it paid off.”
“We didn’t play to our best but I’m glad the players kept it together throughout the game. They showed good mental strength.”
“The weather was also perfect and we hope it stays that way.”
In another match, Ivory Coast fought back from two goals down to secure a 2-all draw against Congo Brazzaville. Congo’s goals were scored by Sitou Bhinief and Epako Stevy while Bedi Guy Stephane came from the bench to score what could prove to be a very precious brace for the West Africans.
After two matches for the group B teams, Congo and Ivory Coast are joint-top with 4 points, Gambia are third with three points while Mali have zero points.