Saintfiet plots Scorpions’ AFCON advancement

Edwin  - CEO December 31, 2023
Updated 2023/12/31 at 9:45 PM
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Scorpions of Gambia
Scorpions of Gambia

Gambia seeks to reach knock-out stages again



  • The Gambians find themselves in Group C alongside Senegal, Guinea, and Cameroon
  • The Scorpions kick off their campaign on January 15 against their neighbors Senegal
  • Tom Saintfiet’s men will also face Cameroon in a rematch of the quarterfinal from the 2021 AFCON


This is Gambia’s second consecutive appearance in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, aiming to replicate their impressive run in Cameroon, where they reached the quarterfinals.


Gambia’s Matches in Group C

January 15, 2024
Senegal vs. Cameroon, 2:00 PM GMT, Stade Charles-Konan-Banny, Yamoussoukro

January 19, 2024
Guinea vs. Gambia, 8:00 PM GMT, Stade Charles-Konan-Banny, Yamoussoukro

January 23, 2024
Gambia vs. Cameroon, 5:00 PM GMT, Stade de la Paix, Bouaké

How Gambia Qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations


Gambia scripted a new chapter on September 10, 2023, securing a crucial 2-2 draw against Congo-Brazzaville in a thrilling encounter. The Scorpions clinched their ticket to TotalEnergies AFCON 2023, denying the Diables Rouges. Gambia finished in the second spot in Group G, earning qualification with 10 points.



Player to Watch: Assan Ceesay

Known for his ability to exploit wide spaces, Assan Ceesay is a speedy player who actively contributes to the team’s gameplay. He consistently delivers numerous decisive passes by frequently dropping back from his midfield position to recover balls. His versatile playing style and finishing prowess allowed him to shine in the Swiss league during the early stages of his professional career. With an endearing and spontaneous approach, the Gambian gives his all, embodying the qualities of the ideal forward with unwavering generosity on the field.



Coach: Tom Saintfiet

Regarded as a tactician close to his players, Tom Saintfiet instills confidence in the core of his squad, and the results speak for themselves. In 2021, Gambia qualified for its first TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, a historic moment celebrated nationwide. Steering the ship once again for this Ivorian edition of the AFCON, the Belgian is determined to guide his team beyond the quarter-final stage. On the field, Saintfiet employs a 4-3-3 formation that transforms into a 4-5-1 during defensive phases, emphasizing on pressing and sustained activity, translating into extended runs.


Gambia’s AFCON History

2021: Quarterfinals


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