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Gambian scorpions plot Nigeria upset in AWCON qualifiers


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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Gambia is in buoyant mood ahead of their final round AWCON (Women’s Africa Cup of Nations) qualifier against record champions Nigeria in Banjul on Wednesday 6 June 2018.

The Queen Scorpions (Gambia) as they are nicknamed will face eight-time winners Nigeria, after eliminating Burkina Faso on penalties at the previous round.

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.

During the press interview, Gambia’s lethal striker Adama Tamba cautioned Nigeria of their harm after scoring twice in the last round of qualifying against Burkina Faso.

“We’re confident of causing an upset against Nigeria’s Super Falcons,” said Scorpions forward Adama Tamba.

“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.

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 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.

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