By Buba Gagigo
The Gambia Under 20, Scorpions, will play against Central African Republic at 7pm today in the AFCON quarterfinal in Mauritania.
The Scorpions had a slow start in the tournament, losing their first game 1-0 against Morocco, and a 1 all draw against Tanzania, but produced a fantastic display against Ghana winning 2-1. It’s their first win in the tournament, which secured them a second place in the group.
Like the Scorpions, Central African Republic also had only a win in their group stage games leading to their qualification to the quarterfinal. They open the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Namibia, 3-1 defeat to Burkina Faso, and a 2-1 win over Tunisia.
The match will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Both Teams are anticipating for a win to proceed to the Semifinal of the tournament.
The 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations is the 16th edition of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations (23rd edition if tournaments without hosts are included). The biennial international youth football tournament is organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players under the age of 20. This is the first edition the tournament have been expanded to 12 teams instead of the traditional 8. The top four teams of the tournament would automatically qualify for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia as CAF representatives. The 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup was initially scheduled by FIFA to hold on 24th December, 2020, before its postponement due to COVID-19 pandemic.