Senegal outclass Gambia in Dakar

Senegal outclass Gambia in Dakar
21 June 2015 11:43

Senegal opened their 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers with a 3-1 win over neighbours Gambia on Saturday, 20 June 2015 at Stade Demba Diop in Dakar.

 

The fixture dubbed “Sene-Gambian derby was played in front of a respectable crowd including hundreds of Gambians, who made the short trip from Banjul to Dakar.

 

The match lived up to the hype and hosts Senegal nearly broke the deadlock after just five minutes as Mamadou Niang headed wide a  Ousmane Mbengue cross from close range.

 

Niang finally broke the deadlock four minutes later with a cool finish after goalkeeper Christopher Allen spilled Abdoulaye Ba’s shot onto his path.

 

The Scorpions levelled the score a minute later following a combination from two players of Real de Banjul. Winger Abdoulie Jallow’s well-crafted curler was headed into the far post by his club teammate Salifu Krubally on 10 minutes for the equalizer.

 

The Gambia redeemed themselves after the equaliser and started dominating possession with Modou Sarr combining well with Jallow, but failed to take advantage of their dominance.

 

The Teranga Lions regained their lead on the stroke of half time after Abdoulaye Ba headed pass a helpless Allen in the Gambia goal after Ousmane Mbengue and Mamadou Niang combined to put him through.

 

The visitors returned from the break determine to get the leveller. Midfielder Ebou Kanteh was guilty of a missed opportunity in the 72nd minute with two teammates waiting for a simple square ball to notch in.

 

The host secured their victory on the stroke of full time courtesy Niang, who completed a brace with a tap after the Scorpions defence failed to clear their lines.

The two sides will face each other again for the second leg in a fortnight (4 July 2015) at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

 

Reactions

Peter Bonu Johnson (Head Coach, Gambia)

I didn’t expect the game to go this way. It is all about the lack concentration from the players because we conceded in the last minutes of the two halves. It is not about inexperience. In football, nothing is over until the referee blows the final whistle. We can still qualify because Senegal didn’t hurt us because we had chances but we were unfortunate not to take them. If we had, it would have been a different story. We need to regroup and rectify our mistakes.

 

Christopher Allen (Goalkeeper, Gambia)

There was too much noise in the stadium and it was difficult to communicate with the players in front of me. I had to come close to the players in the defence but the lack of concentration cost us the game. We need to concentrate more in the next game. We are confident that we can qualify.

 

Mustapha Seck (Head Coach, Senegal)

My players wanted to show what they can do because they have been criticized in the past. We want to score at least two goals in Banjul. I know about the team because we watched videos of the senior national team’s game against South Africa.

 

Augustine Ndiaye (Captain, Senegal)

We defeated the Gambia on the ball because we dominated possession and in the second half we had two chances which could have been taken. Physically we are in good shape and we will prepare for the return leg because away games aren’t easy. The most important thing is to go in the second leg fully focused on fishing the job.

 

Fixtures

NORTHERN ZONE

Monday, 15 June 2015

Morocco 1-1 Tunisia

 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Libya 1-0 Tunisia

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Morocco vs Libya

 

WEST ZONE A

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Guinea Bissau 1-1 Mali

Senegal 3-1 Gambia

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Mauritania vs Sierra Leone

Guinea vs Liberia

 

CENTRAL-EAST ZONE

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Tanzania 0-3 Uganda

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Djibouti vs Burundi

Ethiopia vs Kenya

 

SOUTHERN ZONE

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Mozambique 5-1 Seychelles

South Africa 3-0 Mauritius

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Zimbabwe vs Comoros

Lesotho vs Botswana

Namibia vs Zambia

Fixtures and Results

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