Gambia 'want to prove everybody wrong' against Super Falcons - Penda Bah

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Ahead of Wednesday's clash with the Super Falcons, the Scorpions' captain believes her side can record a shock win in Banjul

Gambia senior women captain Penda Bah eyes a massive upset against reigning champions Nigeria to book their place at this year's Africa's Women Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The Queen Scorpions edged Burkina Faso to reach the final stage on away goal rule after a 3-3 aggregate score in their maiden campaign in the competition's qualifiers.

Having eliminated the Burkinabes, the Gambians will have a mountain to climb this time, having the Super Falcons to battle in the quest for their debut continental appearance for Ghana 2018.

And the 20-year-old, who scored Gambia's first and only goal at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012, admits the uphill task of facing Nigeria but insists they will give their best.

"The desire and determination are to go beyond expectations [against the Super Falcons]," Bah told Goal. 

"We understand the fact that they are Africa's most successful team and more so defending champions which we are going to treasure and respect but it is not something to sway us away from focusing on our quest to make it for the first time. 

"What makes it interesting is the fact that we are all locally based. We know what winning against Nigeria will turn out for us and we are a focus on that. We have little or no knowledge about Nigeria aside from the fact that they are eight-time champions and about ten other professionals in the team. So, we'll give it our best shot.

"We have a special desire in us to do well. If you say home expectations, yes we are under pressure to deliver because a lot of our people have ruled us out playing Nigeria and that in us is an insult. This is why we want to prove everybody wrong."

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Reflecting on their historic win over Burkina Faso, the captain disclosed that the zeal and desire to win helped them having overturned a 2-1 first leg defeat in the first round of the qualifier.
"The feeling was overwhelming because it was an unexpected performance from us, for the fact that we are coming in for the first time. On the contrary, it was a promise made to Gambians and with the help of God, we did not disappoint," she continued.

"It was just a feeling joy all around us. What helped us overcome Burkina Faso was all down to the desire to succeed despite our defeat in Ouagadougou in the first leg. We have this special belief in ourselves that is always nurtured by the football authorities. 

"An inexplicable determination kept us going because we are all pursuing one ultimate dream. The zeal instilled in us was also another contributing factor."