Gambian fans have expressed their disappointment with the performance of their team against Cape Verde in the semi final of the 2019 West Africa Football Union Tournament (WAFU) on Tuesday.
Despite being on the backfoot for most of the stanza, Cape Verde took the lead in the 32nd minute after a spectacular 18-yard half-volley from Paulo Norta found the top corner of the net to make it 1-0. The Gambian keeper Ebrima Jarju, though, was largely to blame for the goal after making two horror errors at a corner kick, the second one resulting in the loose ball falling to Norta on the edge of the box and he made no mistake.
After the game, Gambian fans residing in Thies were seen looking sad and disappointed as they made their way through the gates of the stadium. “The performance of the boys was very bad and disappointing,” says Ismaila Dibba. “I cannot blame the coach because he has chosen the right players but they failed to play well.”
Another fan, Nfally, explained “I am very disappointed with the way players played this game. They had lots of chances to score and defeat Cape Verde, but I don’t know why they could not do it.”
The Scorpions tried to find their way back into the match before the break but were unable to do so as they entered the tunnel trailing by a goal.
It was all Gambia in the second half, but for all their dominance they struggled to fashion any significant goal scoring chances from open play. However, they did come close from a 20-yard free kick in the 73rd minute but Bun Sanneh saw his attempt headed off the goal line by Harnani Cardoso as the game ended 1-0 for Cape Verde.
Omar Jarju is in Thies