What they said after the match

Moussa Barrow, Captain and Man of the Match

“It is an honor for me to be the Man of the Match for Gambia’s first Africa Cup of Nations game. My college scored an extraordinary goal which delivers a whole nation. We will continue to play match by match and look for a place in the second round. I am happy and proud of our collective work”.

Tom Saintfiet, Coach of The Gambia:

“We were the little thumbs, the outsiders, a small country but with quality players, competitors at heart. We will try to win each match, by not putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We are realistic, the second game will be even more disputed. We won our first historic AFCON match. It’s amazing what happens to us when we look in the rearview mirror”.

Didier Gomez Da Rosa, Mauritania Coach:

“A timid start to the match, complicated with too much technical waste. We made a lot of mistakes, we paid for it dearly with this goal which came very early.

We’re not looking for excuses, it’s a shame that we missed the start of the game. We are going to look for another game system, another animation to will cause problems for Tunisia during the next match.”