The Gambian starlet Adama Bojang scored the all-important winner against Nigeria in the semi-final of the TotalEnergies U20 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday night in Cairo.
The youngster, who netted a hat-trick in an emphatic 5-0 win against South Sudan in the quarters, was at his best at the Cairo International Stadium.
As a result, Bojang is the first Gambian to score a hat-trick in a CAF tournament, putting his name in his country’s record books. Technical observers earned him the Man of the Match award.
The Young Scorpions scored against the run of play when Ebrima Singhateh blocked a misplaced pass towards the path of Adama Bojang, who slotted past the helpless Chijioke Aniagboso after seven minutes.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Abdullahi missed a spot kick in the 85th minute that could have restored hopes. His spot kick came off the post as Gambia survived to sail through to their first-ever TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations final.
In the 89th minute, Gambia ended the match at ten following the dismissal of Haruna Rasid Njie for an unsportsmanlike gesture.
Gambia will face neighbours Senegal in the final on Saturday, 11 March at 19h00 local time (17:00 GMT) at the Cairo International Stadium.
The 2023 TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations is Gambia’s fourth participation, and they have qualified for the semi-finals in three of the four tournaments.
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