Gambia and Mali played to a scoreless draw on Saturday and remained on track to advance to the CHAN qualifiers second leg in Bamako next week.
The Gambia local national team (CHAN) was hosting at Independence stadium their Malian Counterparts in the first leg qualifier of the CHAN Championship final to be played in Kenya in 2018.
The game ended zeros as the Malian where the better side in the first half in possession and the Gambian team struggled to have a persistent spell of pressure. The closest they came was in 32nd minute when Alagie Sarr teed up Yankuba Jarju on the edge of the box who blaze it over the bar;
Momodou Ceesay came the closest for Mali when a free kick found him unmarked in the box but he headed over the bar.
The second half saw gambia came more into the game in terms of possession and chance creation. The introduction of Mustapha Drammeh, the Bombada player and leading goal scorer of the 1 st division domestic league of The The Gambia, as he forced the Malian defense to retreat with taking nil nil to Bamako a seemingly satisfactory result.
Alagie Sarr head coach of The Gambian team told the press in a post match interview that despite the disappointing goaless draw in Banjul he is hopeful that he can get a goal in Bamako.
Mali Coach Djibril Drammeh said his satisfied with the draw and hopeful that they can get the job done in Mali in a week time. The winner between The Gambia and Mali tie will play either Mauritania or Liberia in the final round of the qualifiers.
Shaykh Tijan Gaye