Host nation Ghana will be facing the Scorpions of the Gambia in the opening match of 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday.
‘The Scorpions’ of Gambia will be appearing in their second WAFU Nations Cup: they played one of just two matches in the 2002 tournament in Ivory Coast (losing 5-0 to the hosts) before it was cancelled because of the outbreak of a civil war, did not make the cut for the 2010 or 2013 events, and withdrew from the 2011 finals.
The Black Stars’ locally-based team recently failed to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Burkina Faso in the final round. They will be keen on an improved showing in the WAFU Nations Cup.
Gambia exited the CHAN qualifiers even earlier, losing 4-0 on aggregate to Mali back in July.
Ghana and Gambia have met in six official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Black Stars have claimed four wins compared to just one for the Scorpions, and outscored their opponents eight goals to six.
The winners of this match will occupy position 1 in Group 1 and face either Nigeria or Sierre Leone in their opening second round match.