Debutants The Gambia, through to quarter finals of 2021 AFCON

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Debutants Gambia made a historic entry into the quarter finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of AFCON on Monday, with a lone goal victory over Guinea.

A second half strike by Musa Barrow gave Gambia a historic 1-0 win over Guinea, at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam on Monday.

It was shocking win for the West Africans who are making their first appearance in the competition.

The win makes the Scorpions an unbeaten side in the competition so far.

However, the Syli National of Guinea were without their

influential skipper Naby Keita who is serving a suspension while Gambia made some last minute changes to their original starting line up after three players Ibou Touray together with Noah Sonko and Saidy Janko, pulled out of the match due to illness.

The were very few clear cut chances in the first half .Guinea had a half chance right at the start of the half.

Mohamed Bayo could not connect well with the ball as it fell to him in the six-yard area from a corner and his attempted shot was way to high.

Musa Barrow came close moments later with a left footed strike from range stinging the gloves of Guinea goalkeeper Aly Keita.

Guinea also came close just before halftime with Mohamed Bayo seeing his shot go straight into the palms of Gambia keeper Baboucarr Gaye to end the first half barren.

On resumption, Gambia suffered an injury blow with their star player Ablie Jallow being withdrawn from the field of play. He was replaced by Ebrima Colley.

But it was the Scorpions who drew first blood 20 minutes from time with Musa Barrow who found space in the Guinea defense to calmly slot the ball past keeper Aly Keita.

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