AFCON debutant, Gambia continue the fairytale campaign who they take on 2004 champions, Tunisia in their final group game at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium at 8pm.
Both teams battle for qualification to the round of 16, as the preasure mounts on both teams ahead of the big clash on Thursday.
For the Gambia, they’ve been one of the surprised package in this year’s AFCON. As their debutant, they announced themselves with a 1-0 over Mauritania on match day one. This was followed by a hard fought 1-1 draw against group favorites Mali.
The boys of coach Tom Saintfiet have now total 4 points in two games, going into their last group game against the Cathage Eagles.
For Tunisia, it looked like one of their most dissapointing start to an AFCON tournament, as they lost their first game to group rivals Mali. The 2004 champions however, picked up their pieces, as they rained goals against Mauritania in their second outing.
The boys of Mondher Kebaier now have three points in two games and need nothing short of a win against Gambia to progress to the knock out stage.
Coaches Views (Tom Saintfiet of Gambia)
We must make sure of our qualification. We will play to get a positive results. Tunisia may miss some players because of COVID-19 but remains a great football nation with many talented players. We are here to represent our country and we will do everything to honor it. For each match, we look at the best strategy to have a good results.
Mondher Kebaier of Tunisia
After the defeat to Mali, our team had the right attitude to react. We got results and produce some good football. It would not be easy against Gambia.
We have 12 players absent due to COVID-19, things are getting complicated. My role is to find solutions in these difficult situation. I have confidence in tge group, and we will do everything to win the match.
-Gambia are unbeaten in their first two AFCON games (W1, D2) and could become the third team to avoid defeat in the group stage of their debut appearance in the competition since the turn of the century, after Cape Verde (1win, two draws, in 2013) and Madagascar in 2019.
-Tunisia are unbeaten in their last four AFCON games (three wins, one draw) since losing to South Africa in the 1996 AFCON final.
– Tunisia have missed more penalties (4) than any other team at the AFCON since 2010.
-Wahbi Khazri has been directly involved in six of Tunisia’s last 11 goals (55%) at the AFCON, scoring four and two assists. In fact no player has been involved in more goals for the Carthage Eagles than Khazri since he made his debut in 2013.