The Gambia’s national football team, the Scorpions, today departed Banjul for Cameroon to participate in the African Cup of Nations.

The team left on a chartered flight to Douala. 

The Scorpions will make history on Tuesday when they play their first match against Mauritania in the continental tournament.

Gambia are in Group F alongside Tunisia , Mali, and Mauritania.

The Scorpions are rated 150th in the world, the lowest-ranked side at the tournament.

Captain Omar Colley is optimistic the Scorpions, the lowest-ranked side at the tournament, can provide a real sting in Cameroon.

“Each time, there is a surprise team – this time we hope it is The Gambia,” Colley told BBC Sport Africa

Before their departure the team was given a sendoff dinner at State House hosted by President Adama Barrow. 

The tournament starts on Sunday, January 9. 

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