8 April 2013

Gambia: Sfaxien Completes Double Over Gamtel

Gambian will not be represented in the second round of the CAF Confederations Cup after being booted out by Tunisia's Sfaxien. The visitors were simply the dominant side while the host breaks on the counter. A visibly distraught gaffer Tapha Manneh was left red-faced as the rampant North Africans ran riot on a 7-3 aggregate - the defeat signifies another heart-wrenching for Gambians with the telecommunications owned club the latest to make an exit after Real de Banjul in the continental club championship. Sfaxien stamped the first move on goal when brown-haired winger found Kouyateh Iddriss whose cross picked none of his team-mates in the Gamtel box. Hamang Conteh responded with a fine own run to cut-in from the middle. His improbable blast that caught out-of-position goalkeeper Hamdi flew wide over the crossbar.

Gamtel needed to overturn an achievable task of 4-2 with two goals and avoid conceding to stand any chance of breezing into the second round but urgency was the arsenal they were definitely short of until Sfaxien opened the score courtesy of a kamikaze Gamtel defending. Sfaxien's Ferjan Sassi coolly tapped home unmarked after a Mohamed Ali Monser cross had reached him.

Gamtel leveled matters with a difference of three minutes, Hamang Conteh lashing in a timely right-footed effort to the back of the net after a poor clearance to set up 1-1 tie at break. New entrant Hatab Badjie had home fans in disapproval protest, placing his shot high and wide from within the penalty box. It was one rare occasion that the host let slip off their hands and the Tunisian had them punished direly. Mohamed Ali Monser scored the game's second as mission looked unattainable at this nervy moment in the closing stages. New entrant Khissi Taha Yassine rounded off the score at stoppage time for a 3-1 score.

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