ROAD TO GHANA 2018: Gambia remain buoyant despite first leg defeat

John Mendy
Gambia are still looking to upset Nigeria. This time, in Lagos on Monday 11 June – at the Agege stadium in the final qualifier for a place in the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.
The Queen Scorpions, who arrived in Lagos on Friday evening, are hoping they can overturn a 1–0 deficit conceded at home last Wednesday in the first leg.

Midfielder Amarachi Okoronkwo’s 18th-minute stunner from 25 yards out eventually proved vital for the Super Falcons at Bakau’s Independence stadium.

Gambia captain Penda Bah had earlier described the women’s AFCON qualifiers against champions Nigeria as a great moment that should be relished rather than feared.
Bah and her colleagues eliminated Burkina Faso to reach this last stage – a two-legged tie against Africa’s most successful team, the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
However the Gambian skipper has vowed the team will fight to the end. She said playing against Nigeria is itself an inspiration.
“We understand the fact that they are Africa’s most successful team and more so defending champions which we are going to treasure and respect but it is not something to sway us away from focusing on our quest to make it for the first time.
“What makes it interesting is the fact that we are all locally based players. We know what winning against Nigeria will write for us and we are focused on that,” she told ladiesmarch.com.

With the men’s African Cup of Nations appearance still an unrealisable dream, focus now shifts to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations where Gambia’s Queen Scorpions have only Nigeria to remove from their path to glory.
The winner from Monday’s clash will qualify to the 11th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), due to be held in Ghana from November 17 to December 1, 2018.

Kickoff is at 4pm in Lagos (3pm in The Gambia).

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