Gambia head coach Tom Saintfiet has refused to throw in the towel despite suffering a 1-0 defeat against Guinea in their second match of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.
It took 70 minutes before Guinea broke the deadlock through Aguibou Camara in the Group C fixture.
The 22-year old finished off a great team play. He latched on to a pass from Morgan Guilavogui to score what turned out to be the winner.
In search of the equaliser, Sainfait introduced two attackers in Mohamed Badamosi and Ali Sowe into the game but Guinea stayed firm to see off the game.
“In the first half Guinea were stronger but in the second period we raised our level more,” the Belgian stated, adding: “I’ll stay positive because we did it against a difficult, quality team like Guinea.“
Despite two opening defeats, Saintfiet refused to surrender hope for Gambia, saying: “We’re still alive, the situation just got more complicated. We can still qualify with three points in our next game.”
Guinea have four points from two games and currently occupy the second position. They will play against already qualified Senegal at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro on Tuesday, January 23. Gambia with no point will play Cameroon in their last game on Tuesday, January 23.