Gambia beat the Central Africa Republic (CAR) 3-0 in Nouakchott on Friday to qualify for the Semi-Finals of the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Gambians have booked a last four re-match with Ghana, who they beat 2-1 in their final Group C match.

Wally Fofana, Momodou Bojang and substitute Alieu Barry were on target in either half for the Young Scorpions who now aim to do better than their best performance in 2007 when they finished third.

The Central Africans might have finished the opening 45 minutes off on a high, but the bulk of chances fell on the Young Scorpions. It took them just four minutes to get into the lead when Fofana struck low into the net after a cutback from Drammeh Kajally.

The Gambians were rewarded for a lively start and just a minute before scoring, they had threatened with Kajally’s shot from the left hit the side netting after being played through by Lamarana Jallow.

In the second half, CAR sought to start off from where they stopped in the opening half and had a golden chance three minutes after the restart when once again Jawarra lost the ball cheaply on the right.

Alfred Gombe Fei picked up the ball and cut back to Ngoma at the edge of the six yard box, but the diminutive striker’s shot on the half turn was saved by the keeper.

For that missed chance, CAR were immediately punished. 

Bojang picked up the ball inside the box off a quick transition, dummied past two CAR defenders before slapping the ball into the net.

(CAF Online)

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