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U-20 AFCON: Gambia coach ‘proud’ after victory over Nigeria, eyes first title

THE GAMBIA head coach Abdoulie Bojang believes his side thoroughly deserved their victory over Nigeria in the semi-finals of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday night.

The Young Scorpions overcame seven-time champions Flying Eagles 1-0 in Cairo to reach their first-ever final of the continental tournament.

Adama Bojang scored the winner after seven minutes to send Gambia to Saturday’s final against neighbours Senegal.

“I am proud of my players who keep writing the history of our football,” Abdoulie Bojang told CAF Online.

“It is extraordinary, magnificent, satisfactory and much more than that.

“We have scored 10 goals in this competition without conceding. We’re a small country which now plays in the big tournaments.”

The Young Scorpions reached the semi-finals of the tournament two years ago and won the bronze medal, but Bojang wants to go all the way this time.

“It is a deserved victory. We will fight for the title against Senegal,” Bojang said.

“Senegal is winning everything right now. We must prevent them on Saturday.”

The two sides have a similar record in the tournament as they won all five matches without conceding a goal and scoring in each match.

Senegal have the best attack of the tournament with 12 goals while the Gambia are just two shy with 10 goals.

The final will be held at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday, with both sides seeking a first title.

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