By Etienne Mainimo
The show down between the host of the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2021, Cameroon and debutants, Gambia is promising to be historic given that the two countries will be meeting for the third time.
In two previous encounters at the qualifiers of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon had emerged victorious in the home and away games thrashing them three nil aggregate.
But between 2016 and 2022, a lot has changed and a lot is still changing. Qualified for their very first AFCON, Gambia is turning every obstacle into a solution.
Their recent outstanding performance especially against Tunisia and Mauritania in the group stage and conjuring Guinea in the 16th finals is a major strive for The Scorpions who are looking forward in winning their fourth game.
Coach Tom Saintfiet and boys are working hard to over power host nation, Cameroon whom since the beginning of the competition have continued to enjoy home support.
So far, the attacking machinery of the lions seems to be in fine form scorning nine goals and conceding four.
This may be an added advantage to the Lions facing the opponents next Saturday January 29 but they would have be very careful and quickly repair their shattered defence if they want to neutralise the Gambians.
The recent output of the Lions has not been very consistent and admired by its fans but overpowering Gambia and booking their ticket for the semi-finals is a possible issue if they ameliorate their tactics.
On paper, Cameroon are the favourites but Gambia have been one of the surprise parcels of the tournament.
Despite being neophytes, they have remained a point of attraction, a key reason they have had a sturdy defense that has kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches.
But Saturday has the last word…