Gambia started their qualifying campaign for the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations with a narrow 1-0 win over a determined South Sudan side on Saturday.

The Scorpions, who were one of the surprise teams at the recent AFCON in Cameroon, won the match thanks to a strike by Ablie Jallow just before the break.

The Secretary birds were determined to cause an upset at the Lat Dior stadium in the Group G match and created several anxious moments for the home side playing in Senegal.

But Gambia managed to control the attacking prowess of their opponents and should have done better in the first-half when they also had opportunities to score more goals.

Their victory was sealed just before the break when Musa Barrow played Jallow through and the striker made no mistake in putting the ball beyond goalkeeper Juma Jenard Awad.

Gambia are now equal on three points with Mali who beat Congo 4-0 in the group’s other game of the day. The Scorpions travel to face Congo while Mali plays South Sudan.