Scorpions warm up against Niger with Win
The Gambia Scorpions' World Cup preparations are boosted by an emphatic 3-1 score line at a friendly played at the Niamey National stadium against the Antelopes of Niger. Scorpions' goals came from Abdou Jammeh who headed a corner kick from Saihou Gassama ten minutes from the start before another Scorpions defender Momodou Futi Danso added the tally to two after twenty five minutes again after the Real Zaragoza youngster made his coiling cross from the left area.
Niger pulled one before the break after captain Munisret sent a sliding cross that arched into Gambia's left post leaving goal keeper Alhagie Jobe motionless. This was followed by sluggish movements from midfielder Yankuba Ceesay which nearly broke Gambia's defence. The lost was quickly repaired by regrouping from the back and Niger now had to concentrate on picking the loose balls from Gambia's upfront.
The Scorpions finished the first half on a big note before returning to finally humiliate their hosts on a bigger note. Sanna Nyassi ran from the right wing to cross for Momodou Ceesay but Zilina forward was caught on offside. Zico continued to push forward but was on many occasions dispossessed before settling finally. Four minutes after the break, the third and final goal for the Scorpions ensued from Pa Modou Jagne who made a neat effort to pick from Abdoulie Mansally to Ceesay and just simply tap at the bottom corner of the post leaving the Niger goal keeper wayward at opposite end.
Pa Modou Jagne blocked many of the chances created by Niger just few minutes before he too was replaced by Omar Colley. Coach Mancini henceforth effected many subs in the second period to test the strength of his side. He brought in Sulayman Marreh who completes the second half in place of Yankuba Ceesay and Emmanuel Gomez for Abdou Jammeh who made a gigantic comeback in Niamey after his odds at the team's home friendly against Mauritania. Momodou Futi Danso was replaced by Bakau United's Musa Yaffa while Christopher Allen came in for Alhagie Jobe. The darling star Hamza Barry substituted Zico. By contrast, Niger made a whole second half change to new faces.
The Scorpions Coach Luciano Mancini described the win as a big one but noted that 'the Ivory Coast game is the most important one for him'. He stressed that it is good to win against Niger so that the boys would be boosted ahead of the Ivory Coast game. 'I am very happy because the boys played very good and its fundamental to win, but most important is the Saturday game', he told Reporters at the end of the game.
The Gambian team and delegation would be flying out to Abidjan on Thursday 21st March in the early morning ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against the Elephants of Ivory Coast.