Scorpions lose at home in World Cup qualifiers

The Scorpions of The Gambia kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 home defeat to Angola on Friday evening.

Visiting Angola grabbed the only goal of the game in the 35th minute through CA Petróleos Luanda midfielder Wilson Pinto Gaspar do Carmo who rose up to head a free-kick past keeper Modou Jobe.

The strike gave Angola a vital advantage prior to the second leg in Luanda on Tuesday as the Scorpions fired blanks in front of the home supporters at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The Gambia is part of 54 African countries battling for one of five spots at the 2022 World Cup where the lowest-ranked 28 nations are contesting two-legged first round qualifiers, with the 14 winners advancing to join the top 26 teams in 10 four-nation groups.

The 10 winners of those groups will then face off in home-and-away ties for places at the global showpiece in Qatar. In what is unprecedented, FIFA is broadcasting all of the round one matches across the continent live on their digital platforms.