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Gambia started their 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on a resounding note, coming from a goal down to beat Angola 3-1 on Wednesday and move top of Group D pending Gabon and DR Congo’s game on Thursday.

Wilson Eduardo had given the home side the lead in front of their adoring fans early in the game after just two minutes, but The Scorpions fought back and stung their way into the lead after a quick fire brace from Assan Ceesay in the 17th and 18th minutes.

Despite Angola fighting to get back into contention, they were unsuccessful as their finishing let them down and their efforts were further sunk when Sulayman Marreh drove the final nail o their coffin with the third goal in the 89th minute.

Angola will seek redemption when they face Gabon away from home in the second match day on Sunday while Gambia can put themselves firmly in contention if they take maximum points at home in Banjul against DR Congo on Monday.

Meanwhile in Ouagadougou, Uganda stated their campaign with a precious draw away from home after holding hosts Burkina Faso to a barren draw.


The home side was constantly in attack but their blunt strike force was to blame for failing to take maximum use of their home ground advantage.

Lassina Traore came closest for the home side when his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Bevis Mugabi in the fifth minute with keeper Dennis Onyango well beaten.

They had another chance with a freekick from good scoring range but Charles Kabore sent the set piece over the bar.

In the second half Uganda almost snatched the game off Burkina’s eyes but Emmanuel Okwi’s thumping header from a Faruku Miya corner rattled the crossbar.

Uganda will be at their Namboole shrine for match day two where they take on Malawi on Sunday while Burkina Faso will be away to South Sudan in Khartoum.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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