Former Uganda Cranes Head Coach Leads Gambia to Historic Win

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• Gambia secures first World Cup qualifiers win

• Epic second half ride

• Seychelles subs failed to turn the tide of the game

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In a thrilling display of skill and dominance, Gambia’s national football team secured their first victory of the 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign in a resounding 5-1 win over Seychelles at the Stade Municipal de Berkane. The match, held on Saturday, showcased Gambia’s prowess on the field as they showcased a relentless attacking game that left their opponents struggling to keep up.

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The game was off to an explosive start as Muhammed Badamosi broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a precise header into the net after a well-executed cross from Omar Gaye. Seychelles briefly found a moment of hope when Ryan Henriette equalized in the 14th minute with a clinical finish, but Gambia maintained their dominance throughout the first half.

Gambia one side second half show

The second half saw Gambia shift into an even higher gear, with Musa Barrow converting a penalty just three minutes after play resumed, putting his team back in the lead with an authoritative strike to the top corner of the goal. Yankuba Minteh extended Gambia’s advantage in the 55th minute with a powerful right-footed shot, with Barrow providing the assist.

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Last nails on Seychelles’ coffin

Gambia’s attacking prowess was on full display as Badamosi scored his second goal of the match in the 66th minute, again assisted by Barrow, further solidifying Gambia’s lead. The final blow came in the 78th minute when Adama Sidibeh found the back of the net with a well-timed header following a pinpoint cross from Alasana Manneh.

Despite their best efforts, Seychelles struggled to contain Gambia’s relentless onslaught, with several substitutions failing to turn the tide of the game. The comprehensive victory not only lifted Gambia in Group F standings but also boosted their morale as they prepare to face Gabon in their upcoming match.

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Meanwhile, Seychelles finds themselves facing an uphill battle as they aim to regroup quickly for their next fixture against Burundi, seeking to secure their first points of the qualifying campaign.

Gambia’s commanding performance serves as a testament to their strength and determination, setting the stage for an exciting journey ahead as they continue their quest to qualify for the prestigious World Cup tournament.

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