- A 4-2 triumph by the Young Scorpions over Tunisia on Friday on penalties shootout saw them won their second bronze medal at the African U-20 Cup of Nations in Mauritania.
- It was goalless after the regulation time of the third/fourth place playoffs before Gambian keeper Lamin Saidy proved the hero, saving two penalties from the Tunisians to ensure his side equal their best-ever finish at the competition, following in the footsteps of the 2007 generation.
Captain Tijan Muhammed Marr also saved his best performance of the tournament to the day with a scintillating display of technical ability; a performance reminiscent of former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, excited head Coach Matarr M’Boge hailed his players for their resilient.
“I’m very proud of my boys despite all the difficulties. I’m sure not many would have predicted after losing to Morocco in the first game that the Gambia will end up going to the semifinals and even winning the bronze medal,” he said.
Meanwhile, today’s final will be epic between Ghana and Ugandan.
The Ghanaians are eyeing their fourth crown on Saturday evening at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, while newcomers Uganda, looking to make history by winning the title on their first time of asking.
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