EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Scorpions chase for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup ended on Tuesday following their sorrowful home and away defeat to the Palancas Negras of Angola.
The stingless Scorpions were giving a 2-1 win the Tuesday return-leg at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in the Angolan capital, Luanda.
They were held to a 1-0 defeat on home soil by the Palancas Negras last Friday, casting doubts in many Gambians whether the country could make it to the 2022 World Cup that will be hosted by Qatar. They were required to win the Palancas Negras 2-0 to move forward or a 2-1 to go for penalty shootout. Any draw will see the Scorpions out of the qualification round and that was what exactly happened on Tuesday.
Angolan midfielder Hermenegildo da Costa Paulo Bartolomeu opened the scores for the Palancas Negras in the 41st minute of the first half, just before going into the interval, while The Scorpions striker Assan Ceesay scored in the 66th minute with a fine finish.
Fábio Gonçalves Abreu restored the lead for the home side two minutes later after a simple finish in the 68th minute. Angola has now beaten the Scorpions 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 away win in Banjul last Friday.
The win places Angola in the group stage of the qualification round with the tournament proper to be held in Qatar and for the first time to be stage in November.
The defeat meant the regretful Scorpions will wait until another World Cup Preliminary round in 2026, as the country still searches to qualify for its maiden World Cup appearance.
As the hopes of playing in the Qatar World Cup is shattered, The Gambia will now concentrate on another preliminary qualifier this time the Africa Cup of Nations against Djibouti in November.