By Sulayman Bah
Gambian champions Gamtel have been booted out of the Caf Champions League after losing to Olympique Khourigba on both legs.
The Telecommunication giants bit the dust on a 2-1 score and needed to win without conceding a goal at home in Banjul in the second-leg.
However like in the first fixture in Marrakech, the Gambian side were reduced to desolate figures at end of the whistle after the visitors blasted home a last-gasp winner to confirm the Moroccan side’s qualification the second and final round of the preliminaries.
Najib Koumya broke the deadlock with a teasing header from a corner past goalkeeper Baka Ceesay after twenty-six minutes ticked on the clock.
Desperation etching on their faces, Gamtel quickened their pace in a rather disjointed style of play and the pattern at least paid off with Captain Modou Sarr –scorer of Gamtel’s first-leg equalizing goal – rose to the occasion planting a header into the net to even matters in the 76th minute.
But striker Ibrahim Bezghoudi had the final laugh, snatching all points for the visitors with an injury-time winner. Even before this goal, the home side, like menagerie of strangers, stood no chance of qualifying at that moment.
A weary Coach Tapha Manneh wasted little time to voice disappointment over his men uninspiring display in post-match comment.
This exit only adds to the sour news that greeted the team when Gamtel player Amadou Baldeh dubbed, Ijaman, absconded in Morocco.