04 June 2018 08:13
Gambia is in buoyant mood ahead of their final round qualifier against record champions Nigeria in Banjul on Wednesday 6 June 2018.
The Queen Scorpions as they are nicknamed will face eight-time AWCON (Women’s Africa Cup of Nations) winners, Nigeria, after eliminating Burkina Faso on penalties at the previous round.
“We're confident of causing an upset against Nigeria's Super Falcons,” said Scorpions forward Adama Tamba when asked of their chances against Nigeria.
Despite their underdog status, the Gambians are optimistic of putting up a respectable performance against the star-studded Nigerian side which has reigning African Women's Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, in their fold.
Tamba, who also has her sister in the team, is Gambia's main source of goals after scoring twice in the last round of qualifying against Burkina Faso.
“The matches against Burkina Faso were tough but we showed character and eased through although Nigeria will be a different opponent. I have shown that I can score against any team and hopefully I can continue that run.
“I'm in good shape and I believe we will get some chances against Nigeria because they will not seat deep as Burkina Faso which will gives us the chance to run between the lines,” said Tamba, top scorer in the Gambian league with Red Scorpions ladies.
Coach Mariama Sowe unveiled her squad of 21 players last week which is exclusively dominated by local talents and are camped at the Gambia Football Federation Hotel at Yundum.
“We have been going on with our tactical approach to this game against Nigeria and we are confident that we can get a good performance and the desired result,” Sowe said.
“We have learned a lot from our last match against Burkina Faso and the friendly against Mali. We will analyse those matches and come up with the best formula to take on Nigeria
“The girls wanted to face Nigeria and when the draw pitted us against them they're relishing the chance because it’s a massive game for them and a chance to play against some of the best players in Africa”.
The former international is one of the most decorated coaches in the Gambia winning multiple titles with Interior Ladies FC.
Nigeria host the return leg on Monday, 11 June 2018 in Lagos with the winner making it to the final tournament of the Total Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
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