Naby Keita Credit: CAF
  • Monday January 24, 2021
  • Kouekong Stadium, Bafoussam 7pm

Guinea will be without Naby Keita as they intend to go past Gambia to reach the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations quarter finals.

The Liverpool star who put up Man of the Match performances in games against Senegal and Malawi is suspended after accumulation of bookings.

Gambia in their debut appearance at the Afcon have surprised everyone and even beat Tunisia 1-0 in their last group game.

What they said

Kaba Diawara (Coach, Guinea)

“We have reached an important stage and I told my players we have to treat the game as a final. In 2019 we were knocked out on the same stage, but we want it better this time round. We have to be very careful approaching the game against a very good Gambia team. What we want is to have the best start against Gambia as we seek the important win that will elevate us to the quarterfinals.”

Tom Saintfiet (Coach, Gambia)

“Guinea are the favorites, but that actually gives us a lot of motivation because we are in the knockout stages in our first appearance. We are not afraid as we have been together with the players for over three years, meaning we have cohesion and great team spirit. Kaba Diawara was my player in Qatar. We can employ different styles and approaches in different match situations. We want nothing short of a win and Guinea must be prepared for a proper duel.”

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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