The Gambia suffers first heavy defeat in 49 Years
The Gambia male national football team nicknamed the Scorpions suffered their first humiliating defeat since losing 8 - 0 to Guinea Conakry on 14 May 1972, and also 7 - 2 against Senegal in the same year.
The Gambia was outclassed, embarrassed and battered 7 - 2 in a test game by a Moroccan U-23 side in El-Jadida where the Scorpions are having a ten-day training camp.
The Moroccans commanded and went into the interval with a deserved 2 - 0 lead with goals from Ahadad and Benoun which signals how the home side were serious about the game.
When the Scorpions thought things could be better in the second period, ironically, it turned even more worst as a young determined Morrocan side added five further goals with a brace from Azaro and a hat trick from EL Karti that put coach Tom Saintfiet and his team at the receiving end of a humiliating 7 - 2 defeat as a brace from Barrow could not even make the scoreline pleasing.
Gambians reacted angrily to the outcome of the game.
Rohey Mbye, a sports journalist posted: "This is unacceptable, 7 - 2, hell no. Something must be done, this is an embarrassment, a CHAN team humiliating a national team? Gambia let us focus on our football fraternity."
Sang Mendy, a certified journalism trainer posted "A good test for Tom and his charges. Better to be beaten by big guns than U-23 sides".
Omar P. Jallow a journalist with QTV wrote, "If this is the same team and spirit our National Team will compete at the Africa cup of nations, is better we save those millions for the development of other sectors. Imagine Morocco Team B winning Gambia 7 - 2".
Realistically, losing to a CHAN team was an unforgivable embarrassment for a nation that recently qualified for a maiden AFCON competition.
Whatever went wrong for Tom and his team must be quickly addressed as the Cameroon championships is just three months away.