Gambia coach Mattar M’Boge has praised his players following their 2-1 win over Ghana in the final Group C game in the on-going African U-20 Cup of Nations.

The Scorpions secured qualification to the next round the hard way after coming from behind to snatch a 2-1 win over the three-time champions on Monday.

“It’s an honour to come up against Ghana’s coach (Zito). This is a team that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009,”M’Boge said in his post match interview.

“My players had to give their best as there was no choice but to win this match.

“We had to raise our game and do the work that we did on the training ground to come up and better a huge opponent like Ghana.”

The Gambia will face debutants the Central African Republic in the quarter-finals in Nouakchott.