20 February 2013

Gambia/Senegal: Gamtel Beat Asc HLM

Gamtel FC Saturday took a giant stride towards the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup following a 2-1 first leg home win over Senegalese side Asc HLM at the Box Bar Mini-Stadium in Brikama.

Midfielder Hamang Conteh was the hero of the day, as he scored the telecommunication giants two goals either side of the break with the winner coming from a late penalty kick.

Hamang failed to give Tapha Manneh's Gamtel the lead just past the half hour mark when he shot just wide from close range following a swift counterattacking move by Modou Sarr and Sarja Jarjuusey in the 35th minute as the two sides went into the break tied goalless. Coming into the second half, Hamang was again on the receiving end of a delightful pass from Sarja Jarjusey and this time the former was on hand to poke home the opener on the hour mark.

But the Gamtel lead lasted for only six minutes as the team coached by the father of Gambian hopeful, Macoumba Kandji, scored to ensure parity from almost out of nothing in the 66th minute. Left-back Dodou Suso was exposed on the left side of the Gamtel defence as forward Abdoulie Faal headed home from a delightful cross past keeper Musa Camara.

But when the Senegalese side thought they would take a valuable draw for the home leg in a fortnight's time, Dodou made up for his earlier mistake at the back as he floated in a delightful cross that was handled by the Asc HLM defender and the referee didn't hesitate to award a spot-kick with only four minutes remaining. Hamang Conteh converted the spot-kick.

In the caaf Champion League, Mourad Batna converted a controversial penalty four minutes into stoppage time as Moroccan side FUS Rabat snatched a late 1-0 win over Gambian champions Real de Banjul in the first leg of their first round tie in Rabat on Friday.

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