The Gambia qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals tournament after beating Angola 1-0 at home.

Gambia joins Comoros as the debutants in the competition as they prepare for the finals that will be held in Cameroon next year.

The Gambia have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history.

The West African country beat Angola 1-0 in the 2021 AFCON qualifier at the Independence Stadium in Bakau to book their place at next year’s tournament in Cameroon.

Gambia’s AFCON place is guaranteed alongside Group D rivals Gabon who defeated DR Congo 3-0 in Franceville at the same time.

The results leave Gambia and Gabon tied on 10 points apiece while DR Congo on 6 points cannot catch them since there is only 1 game left in the qualifying round. Angola has just 1 point and this means that both DRC and Angola are both eliminate from contention.

Assan Cessay scored his third goal in two games against Angola with a second-half tap-in to lead the Scorpions to victory in Bakau.

In Franceville, Aaron Boupendza, Denis Bouanga and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all on the scoresheet as the Panthers crushed DR Congo. This brought an end to a disappointing campaign for a very talented DR Congo side that underachieved.

With Group D settled, Gambia will travel to Kinshasa this weekend while the Palancas Negras host Gabon in Luanda at the start of next week, in games that will be more of a formality.