Gambia and Congo are set to face off in the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON AMP header at Stade de Marrakech on Sunday night. Both teams are currently separated by just three points in Group G, with Gambia having won their previous two meetings and Congo having lost their last two games.
Gambia has been on a run of three straight home victories without conceding a single goal, and they now need a triumph to keep their AFCON dream alive.
Congo were beaten in front of their fans for the second game running in a 2-0 defeat against Mali at Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat on June 18. The hosts currently sit third in Group G, three points behind this weekend’s opponents. Gambia’s Hamza Barry’s first goal against South Sudan proved decisive, and the midfielder could be rewarded with a rare start here.
Musa Barrow remains out of contention for the hosts due to a knee injury suffered in a pre-season friendly for Bologna against Palermo.
Antoine Makoumbou’s only strike for Congo came in the last meeting between Saturday’s opponents, and the 25-year-old will be looking to deliver the goods once again. Will Hondermarck and Alain Ipiele are on course to make their international debuts, having both been called up to the senior squad for the first time ever.
Gambia’s possible starting lineup
Gaye; Touray; Colley, Gomez, Sanneh; Marreh, Jallow, Adams; Ceesay, Colley, Badamosi; Ceesay, Colley, Badamosi; Mazikou, Andzouana, Ondongo, Biatoumoussoka; Makoumbou, Ossete, Bifouma; Mboungou, Charpentier, Mbenza.
The match is expected to be low-scoring with little goalmouth action, but the hosts are predicted to come away with all three points. Expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting over 1.5 goals in the match.