Guinea coach Kaba Diawara was delighted after his side came out with a 1-0 victory over the Gambia on Friday’s match day two Group C encounter.
The Syli national took a pivotal step towards reaching the Cup of Nations 2023 last sixteen through Mohamed Bayo’s only goal.
“This victory is payback for that previous loss, which was so hard to take,” Diawara told reporters. Winning is more important because it shows we’ve improved over two years and worked hard to get better.”
The former Guinea international felt the performance highlighted their progress despite first-half struggles.
“What didn’t go well early on was our lack of efficiency, but after changes, things improved,” analysed Diawara.
“Creating chances is the hard part, now we just need to finish them off, and that will come in time.”
Gambia head coach Tom Saintfiet, on the other hand, remains optimistic. “In the first half Guinea were stronger but in the second period we raised our level more,” the Belgian stated.
“We can still qualify with three points in our next game,” Saintfiet noted of the Scorpions boss.
Guinea still has an uphill task against already-qualified Senegal in Tuesday’s West African derby. The Gambia must defeat Cameroon and see if they will be one of the best losers to make the last 16.