Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Limbe Stadium will host Thursday’s AFCON game between Gambia and Tunisia, the two teams who are vying for a place in the last 16. Following a 1-0 win over Mauritania, Gambia shared the spoils with Mali in their second group game to retain top position in the standings. The Group F leaders are one point away from making it to the playoffs, but they will have a mountain to climb in the decider.
Bologna Forward Musa Barrow, who scored the equalizer against Mali, will be the man to watch in the home team. Les Aigles de Carthage, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Mauritania, and seeing that captain Wahbi Khazri has found his goal-scoring touch, away win should be considered. When the two teams met in a friendly twelve years ago Gambia defeated Tunisia 2-1, meaning that the nominal visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Omar Colley):
Omar Colley is a football player from Gambia who plays for Sampdoria as a defender. Colley is a product of Wallidan’s youth school and he made 15 appearances for the first team as well. In 2012 he joined Real de Banjul and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 17 league games for the club.
At the end of the season (2013) he decided to move to Finland, signing a deal with KuPS. Despite trialing with several 2. Bundesliga sides, he joined Djurgardens of Sweden in August, 2014. After making 44 league appearances for the Swedish outfit, he moved to Genk in the summer of 2016.
Omar Colley represented Gambia at the 2009 African U17 Championship and he certainly helped his national team win the tournament. The defender who was born in Banjul on 24 October, 1992, made his debut for the first team in 2012. Omar Colley has a contract with Genk which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Tunisia):
Tunisia are considered one of the most successful African teams. Les Aigles de Carthage (Eagles of Carthage) made their 18th appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the team suffering elimination in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In 2004 Tunisia won their first and only African Cup of Nations trophy as they defeated Morocco in the title game. Jaziri and Santos scored for the Eagles of Carthage in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations final, with Mokhtari scoring a consolation goal for Morocco. Tunisia played in the final of the tournament in 1965 and 1996 as well, but they eventually finished as runners-up.
Speaking of their appearances at the FIFA World Cup finals, the Tunisia National football team participated at the major tournament on four occasions (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006), but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. The colour of Tunisia’s home kit is white, while they play their away matches in red shirts and red short s. Radhi Jaidi is the player with most caps for Tunisia (105).