FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Gambia vs Ivory Coast: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast


November 18 2023
Gambia vs Ivory Coast

The November international break is underway

Welcome, football enthusiasts, to an upcoming clash that promises excitement and skill on the pitch as Gambia face off against Ivory Coast. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this match, scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2023, at 09:30 PM IST, is poised to be a riveting showdown.

As the two teams prepare to lock horns, each with its unique footballing narrative, the anticipation is palpable. The Gambia, navigating a recent trajectory of wins and losses, brings a dynamic mix of seasoned players and emerging talents. Keep an eye on Ebrima Colley, the agile winger making waves in the Swiss Super League, and leading the charge for the Gambian national team. Colley’s journey from a memorable national team debut to a standout performance in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations adds an intriguing layer to this encounter.

On the other side, Ivory Coast, with a squad boasting formidable names like Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe, and Sebastien Haller, aims to assert its dominance once again. The intricate midfield partnership of Franck Kessie and Jean Michael Seri, coupled with the defensive prowess of Ibrahim Sangare, sets the stage for a strategic battle in the heart of the field.

With a head-to-head history favoring Ivory Coast, the Gambia is undoubtedly hungry for redemption. The stage is set, the players are ready, and the fans can expect nothing short of a footballing spectacle under the Tanzanian night sky. Get ready for a clash of skill, strategy, and sheer determination as Gambia and Ivory Coast write the next chapter in their footballing rivalry.


Monday, November 20, 2023, 09:30 PM (IST)

Stadium: Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Gambia: L D W W L

Ivory Coast: D D W L W 

Players to Watch

Ebrima Colley (Gambia)

Ebrima Colley, born on February 1, 2000, is a talented Gambian footballer known for his skills as a winger. Currently, he’s making a mark in the Swiss Super League with Young Boys, where he’s on loan from Atalanta in Serie A. Beyond his club commitments, Colley proudly represents the Gambia national team.

Colley marked his national team debut on March 22, 2019, during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria. It was a memorable moment as he entered the game as a substitute for Ebrima Sohna in the 81st minute.One of the highlights of Colley’s career was his participation in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which marked the Gambia’s inaugural appearance in the continental tournament.

Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

Dazet Wilfried Armel Zaha, born on November 10, 1992, is a skilled footballer specializing in the positions of left winger and forward. He is currently a member of the Süper Lig team Galatasaray and represents the Ivory Coast national team.

Match facts

  • In 0% of their games, the Gambia lead at halftime, while Ivory Coast lead in 45% of them.
  • Ivory Coast win 45% of halftimes, while Gambia win 0%.
  • In their previous meeting, Ivory Coast emerged victorious.
  • Ivory Coast prevailed 3 goals to 1 in their most recent encounter.

Team news and Injury

The Ivory Coast team boast talent across the entire field, and the frontline is expected to be led by the dynamic trio of Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe, and Sebastien Haller.

In the heart of the team, Franck Kessie from Ah-Ahli is anticipated to team up with Jean Michael Seri in the midfield, while Ibrahim Sangare is set to take on the pivotal role in front of the defense.

In preparation for their upcoming qualifying matches, Gambia has announced a squad of 27 players. Among the notable names are goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye, Ebou Adams from Cardiff City, and captain Omar Colley. The Scorpions’ offensive front is expected to be spearheaded by Musa Barrow, the former Bologna striker with an impressive track record of five goals in 32 appearances since his debut in September 2018. Joining him in the attack will be Assan Ceesay and Ebrima Colley from Atalanta BC.


Matches: 2

Gambia: 0

Draw: 0

Ivory Coast: 2

Predicted Lineup for Gambia vs Ivory Coast

Gambia Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3)

Gaye; Sundberg, Gomez, Colley, Sanneh; Manneh, Adams, Barry; Barrow, Ceesay, Colley

Ivory Coast Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3)

Gbohouo; Aurier, Bailly, Deli, Konan; Kessie, Seri, Sangare; Pepe, Haller, Zaha

Match Prediction for Gambia vs Ivory Coast

In a clash between Mozambique and Algeria, the odds favour Ivory Coast with a 0-1 victory. Ivory Coast has displayed defensive strength in recent matches, consistently securing wins on the road. Gambia’s struggles at home and a trend of low-scoring games for both teams make this prediction a plausible outcome.

Prediction:  Gambia 0-1 Ivory Coast


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