The Netherlands and Gambia will collide on Group C's matchday two at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar on 28 October, both needing points after opening-day defeats. Gambia - champions of Africa - looked impressive in their 0-2 loss to Iran, with only two moments of madness and a pair of red cards spoiling their hopes. On the other hand, the Dutch looked largely lifeless and lacked spark in their 1-2 reverse to Colombia.
2 - The number of red cards Gambia were shown in their loss to Iran. Substitute Dembah Janneh was only on the pitch for five minutes before being given his marching orders in the 87th minute!
With both side having dropped their respective openers, anything less than a win in their second outing could well spell disaster and an early flight home. Gambia will be without the suspended Buba Sama and usual substitute Janneh, both sent off against Iran. And facing a final group game against the impressive Colombians, the Africans will need to take their points now to be on the safe side of things. The Dutch, for their part, travel to Enugu for their last match in the group against Iran and could likely find themselves on a road too far by then.
"Sure, it will not be easy in our second game against Holland, especially with two players missing through suspensions. Even so, we are a good team and we have good players. We have come here to do well and to make our country proud. The Dutch should know that about us." Ebrima Bojang, Gambia captain
"The first game is over now and we must put it behind us. We can play much better than we did against Colombia and we will try to show it against Gambia. The heat is difficult to adjust to here, and so is the pitch. But that's OK, we will be ready to go." Oguzhan Ozyakup, Netherlands captain