Thursday January 20, Group F fixtures
- Gambia vs Tunisia – Limbe Stadium, Limbe 10pm
- Mali vs Mauritania – Stade de Japoma, Doula 10pm
Gambia and Tunisia battle for a slot in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations at the Limbe stadium in what is one of the final two matches in the group phase.
Gambia are joint top with Mali on four points who face bottom placed Mauritania while Tunisia follow closely in third with three points.
The Carthage Eagles are aware that avoiding defeat will take them to the next round but will not risk but go there to win.
They are missing over a dozen players due to Covid19 but still have enough quality in their squad.
What they said
Tom Saintfiet (Coach, Gambia)
We must make sure of our qualification. We will play to get a positive result. Tunisia may miss some players because of COVID but remains a great football nation with many talented players. We are here to represent our country and we will do everything to honour it. For each match, we look at the best strategy to have a good result. We have talented players, who can adapt to the system. This is our strength.
Mondher Kebaier (Coach, Tunisia)
After the defeat against Mali, our team had the right attitude to react. We got results and produced some good football. It would not be easy against Gambia.
We have 12 players absent due to COVID; things are getting complicated. My role is to find solutions in these difficult situations. I have confidence in the group, and we will do everything to win the match. We want a reassuring and collective result. We are going to play to build on our strengths, regardless of the opponent.
Mali vs Mauritania – What they say
Mohamed Magassouba (Coach, Mali)
“Our goal is to win the game to finish first in our group. We know that it will not be easy against Mauritania who has made a lot of progress in recent years. The context of the match will make things even more complicated. My players are competitors; they know that nothing is written in advance in a football match.”
Didier Gomes Da Rosa (Coach, Mauritania)
“We are disappointed to have lost our two games, especially against Gambia. We deserved a draw at least. Mali is a great team which is one of the favorites. Our objective is to go from the front door, achieve a positive result. We are part of the Mauritania project, and we want to leave a nice impression about ourselves.”