AFCON-20 AFCON U20: Gambia Thrash South Sudan 5-0 To reach Semi finals

The Gambia advanced to the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt with a hat-trick of goals from Adama Bojang on Friday South Sudan was defeated 5-0.

The victory that got them to the final four also qualified the Young Scorpions for the U20 World Cup, which will be held in Indonesia this year.

At the El Hodoud Stadium, the West Africans were in excellent goal-scoring form, and by the 47th minute, Bojang had secured his hat-trick.

The two-time bronze medalists also had points from Moses Jarju and Mahmud Bajo on defense.

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Salifu Colley, who was voted the TotalEnergies Man of the Match, nearly scored for the Gambia in the first five minutes of play in Alexandria.

The playmaker for Real de Banjul grabbed Bojang’s side-footed ball and fired directly at Godwill Yogusuk Sabio.

On minute seven, Bojang, a forward for Steve Biko, scored the opening goal for The Gambia with a shot just inside the box.

Bojang, who had been in outstanding goal-scoring form for his club prior to the TotalEnergies U-20 AFCON, caught a long ball from captain Alagie Saine and slid the ball past Godwill Yogusuk.

Safino Lado had to replace the hurt Mabior Achiek early on for South Sudan’s debutants, but the substitution did not make things better.

Against the uneasy Bright Stars, Gambia continued to dominate and create opportunities. With the goal at his mercy, Adama Bojang headed Haruna Rasid Njie’s excellent delivery wide.

Midway through the first half, the quick striker nearly added to his tally, but Godwill Yogusuk stopped him as he attempted to get around the goalkeeper.

When South Sudan had a rare opportunity behind the Gambian defense, Bright Stars forward Abishai flashed a shot over Pa Ebou Dampha’s goal.

With 28 minutes left in the game, Fortune FC defender Moses Jarju made it 2-0 with a looping header from Salifu Colley’s corner to beat Godwill Yogusuk at the far post.

Godwill Yogusuk, who was busy, stopped Adama Bojang’s close-range shot before Modou Marong scored but was disallowed for offside after 30 minutes.

A beautiful Gambian assault was swept in by Bojang to give the Young Scorpions a 3-0 lead. Kajally Drammeh, a winger for Cape Town City, danced into the area and found an unmarked Bojang at the far post.

The Gambia came out of the interval determined to widen their lead, and two minutes into the second half, Bojang’s hat-trick made it 4-0.

Yogusuk, the goalie for South Sudan, was penalized for not clearing a long ball, which allowed Bojang to direct his shot into an open net.

Abdoulie Bojang, the coach of The Gambia, made a few changes to his team in an effort to rest a few players ahead of their semi-final matchup with reigning champions Nigeria.

Substitutes Mahmud Bajo, a defensive midfielder, scored the fifth goal in collaboration with Alieu Gibba and Muhammad Sawaneh.

The Gambia and Senegal, two of their neighbors, are the only teams to win every game without giving up a goal, securing their spots in the semifinals and the World Cup.


Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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