U20 AFCON: Gambia, Tanzania hopeful of qualification despite draw

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Gambia and Tanzania are still in the running to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations despite settling for a 1-1 draw in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, on Friday.

Tanzania came from a goal down to hold Gambia to a 1-1 draw in their Group C match of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. /VCG Image

The Gambians began the game well and were eventually rewarded for their efforts through Momodou Bojang gave them the lead six minutes before halftime with a brilliant volley.

However, prior to that, Gambia, and Bojang in particular, had been guilty of squandering several gilt-edged chances.

Tanzania came out better in the second half and found themselves on level terms with just two minutes of normal time left. Novatus Dismas struck a free kick which managed to evade Gambian goalkeeper Lamin Saidy and wound up in the back of the net.

Gambia tried to snatch a win thereafter but a shot from Drammeh Kajally hit the post.

The result left both teams on one point each in Group C with the West Africans in third place and their counterparts from the East in fourth place.

They both trail leaders Ghana and Morocco, who both have four points, after the two sides drew 0-0.

While both sides still have hopes of advancing to the knockout stages, they will each have to face off against the former champions in their final group games. Gambia will take on three-time winners Ghana while Tanzania faces off against 1997 champions Morocco.

Meanwhile, Burkina Faso leads the way in Group B with four points after beating Central African Republic 3-1. They are followed by Tunisia, who are level on points with them, following a 2-0 win against bottom-of-the-table Namibia.

The start of the final group games kicks off later on Saturday when Group A leaders Cameroon plays last-placed Mozambique and hosts Mauritania battle Uganda for a place in the quarterfinals.

The top two teams of each group advance to the quarterfinals along with the two best third-placed teams.

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