Scorpions fans expect little from Saturday's tie but a rather buoyant Abdourahman Dampha has said that victory for Gambia in Ivory Coast mustn't be ruled out of the cards. The euphoria clouding over Ivory Coast who are pre-match favourites is overwhelming and that a draw, which according to fans seems unlikely, is considered the least the Scorpions could attain at the Felix Houpheout Boigny stadium. But former Ports Authority midfielder who now plies his trade in the French Ligue One is adamant that the Scorpions stand a chance to pull a surprise upset against the odds. "Why not? Its possible.
Statistically, we are underdogs, it is going to be difficult but it is football. They (Ivory Coast) are favourites (but) we can do it with determination" the 21-year-old told Foroyaa Sports from his base in Nancy, France. Gambia lost to minnows Mauritania on a two-legged friendly -the squad's second test match after the stalemate affair with Angola in December. Amid few test matches conducted, it remains to be seen whether the Scorpions can stand the test of a star-studded Elephant side.
Gambia will need a dose of luck to turn fortunes around after a shaky start losing to Tanzania and a stalemate draw with North African side Morocco. Anything less than a point in Abidjan will put the Scorpion's hope of top spot in the group up in smokes as they sit bottom of the table on a single point. "I and other players want to play in the World Cup hopefully. But we must first qualify. We must win matches to go second or first (in the group). Ivory Coast have individual players. They have one of the best players individually but their collectiveness is lacking" he observed.
The ex- MC Saida, Xamax Neuchatel will watch the duel on his TV set uninvited, while his Nancy team-mate Rosseni Kaboue is recruited for the weekend. "Even my team-mate Kaboue inquired whether I was called but I said. No. I was expecting an invitation however" he stated with a purge of somewhat disappointment. On club level, the Gambia international has recovered from a niggling injury and is confined to reserve team football to gain fitness. Didier Drogba is shockingly omitted from the Cote'Divore outfit to face Gambia.