A solitary goal from Stephane Sessegnon handed Benin a 1-0 win over Gambia in Africa Cup of Nations, Group D qualifier at the Stade de l’Amitié de Kouhounou in Cotonou on Sunday. The defeat sees Gambia off to the worst start in the Afcon 2019 qualifying campaign as they directly occupy the bottom spot.
The match in Cotonou on Sunday was not the most entertaining with both sides playing some sloppy football with numerous passes going astray and shots on goal were also way off target. Neither side could create any significant goal scoring chances in the opening half which resulted in the sides going into the break locked at 0-0.
The start of the second half saw Benin playing much better football and they were rewarded for their efforts with the game’s only goal in the 54th minute courtesy of a strike from Stephane Sessegnon, 1-0. Gambia saw very little of the ball and in the end were lucky to only lose by a single goal. The duo Modou Barrow and Babucar Trawally’s efforts were not enough to deliver supporters from their anguish. There were no serious threats mounted by Coach Sang Ndong’s men in the second half leaving them with little or no option than to chase their shadows for the remainder of a pulsating encounter.
The Scorpions did little effort to prove their critics wrong after delivering yet another disappointing result. The next set of Afcon 2019 qualifiers is only in March next year when Gambia will host Algeria.