Gambia national football team

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Gambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Gambia Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Peter Bonu Johnson
Captain Abdou Jammeh
Home stadium Independence Stadium
FIFA code GAM
FIFA ranking 166 Decrease 18 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 65 (June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 166 (March 2006, September 2014)
Elo ranking 124 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 93 (January 1984)
Lowest Elo ranking 145 (22 November 1993)
First colours
Second colours
First international
The Gambia British Gambia 3–2 Senegal 
(Gambia; 5 December 1962)
Biggest win
The Gambia Gambia 6–0 Lesotho 
(Banjul, Gambia; 12 October 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Guinea 8–0 Gambia The Gambia
(Guinea; 14 May 1972)

The Gambia national football team, nicknamed The Scorpions, is the national team of the Gambia and is controlled by the Gambia Football Association. Until 1965, the team, and the country, were known as British Gambia. It has never qualified for the World Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

History[edit]

Under the name British Gambia, the team played their first ever game on 5 December 1962, beating neighbouring Senegal 3-2 at home in a friendly. In April 1963 the team entered the L'Amitié tournament in Senegal, a competition mainly for French-speaking nations. They were drawn in a group with France's amateur team, the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and Gabon. Their first match was lost 5-1 to the French amateurs on 11 April. The Gambia drew 2-2 with the Upper Volta on 13 April, and had the same result the very next day versus Gabon. The Gambia did not advance to the next round.

After the tournament in Senegal, the Gambia did not play another match until 16 November 1968, when they travelled to Sierra Leone to play its team in a friendly and lost 2-1. They played again in Sierra Leone in the Gambia's next match on 24 April 1971 and the hosts won 3-1. On 2 May 1971 the Gambia travelled to Guinea for a friendly and lost 4-2. On 14 May 1972 the Gambia returned to Guinea for their first African Games qualifier and lost 8-0 and were knocked out.

In 1975 the Gambia entered its first qualification campaign for the football at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada. They were drawn in a qualifier against Guinea, and lost the first leg 1-0 at home on 27 April 1975. The second leg was lost 6-0 in Guinea on 1 June as Guinea advanced 7-0 on aggregate.

In August 1975, the Gambia entered their first qualification for the African Cup of Nations, with the aim of reaching the 1976 finals in Ethiopia. They were drawn in a two-legged qualifier against Morocco and lost the first leg 3-0 away on 10 August. They lost by the same score in their home leg on 24 August and Morocco advanced 6-0 on aggregate.

After the qualification campaign for the 1976 finals, the Gambia played their first match against a full European side, losing a home friendly 4-1 to Denmark on 30 January 1977.[1]

The Gambia's most famous player is Biri Biri, who starred for Sevilla FC in the 1970s.

In May 2014, The Gambia was banned from all CAF completions for two years after deliberately falsifying players' ages.[2]

Gambia Football Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 3 Times Runners-up

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 1957 to 1974Did not enter
  • 1976Did not qualify
  • 1978Did not enter
  • 1980 to 1988Did not qualify
  • 1990Withdrew
  • 1992Did not qualify
  • 1994Did not enter
  • 1996Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1998Banned for withdrawing in 1996
  • 2000Withdrew
  • 2002 to 2013Did not qualify
  • 2015 to 2017 - Banned

Current squad[edit]

The Gambia's players were called for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Tanzania in Bakau on 7 September 2013.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bubacarr Sanyang (1994-10-21) October 21, 1994 (age 19) 3 0 The Gambia Armed Forces
16 1GK Christopher Allen (1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 24) 7 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority
22 1GK Alhagie Nyabally (1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 22) 0 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
3 2DF Saihou Omar Saho (1994-06-18) June 18, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 The Gambia Brikama United
6 2DF Sulayman Marreh (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Spain Granada CF B
13 2DF Matarr Nyan (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 24) 2 0 The Gambia GAMTEL
17 2DF Antou Badjan (1995-09-13) September 13, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority
18 2DF Omar Colley (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Finland KuPS
4 3MF Bubacarr Sanneh (1994-11-14) November 14, 1994 (age 19) 2 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
5 3MF Tijan Jaiteh (1988-12-31) December 31, 1988 (age 25) 15 1 Norway Sandefjord
8 3MF Demba Savage (1988-06-17) June 17, 1988 (age 26) 9 1 Finland HJK
10 3MF Abdoulie Mansally (1989-01-27) January 27, 1989 (age 25) 12 0 United States Real Salt Lake
11 3MF Saloum Faal (1995-11-02) November 2, 1995 (age 18) 4 1 Senegal Casa Sports
12 3MF Mustapha Jarju (1986-07-18) July 18, 1986 (age 28) 24 5 Belgium Mons
14 3MF Hamza Barry (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 19) 4 0 Malta Valletta
15 3MF Ebrima Sohna (1988-12-14) December 14, 1988 (age 25) 18 2 Finland KuPS
19 3MF Gregory Sambou (1994-10-25) October 25, 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Tanzania Young Africans
20 3MF Modou Jatta (1994-08-15) August 15, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 The Gambia Steve Biko
2 4FW Nuha Barrow (1993-10-10) October 10, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 The Gambia GAMTEL
7 4FW Ebou Kanteh (1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 The Gambia Brikama United
9 4FW Assan Ceesay (1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 The Gambia GAMTEL
21 4FW Momodou Ceesay (1988-12-24) December 24, 1988 (age 25) 13 5 Kazakhstan Kairat
23 4FW Haruna Jammeh (1991-06-02) June 2, 1991 (age 23) 2 1 Hungary Lombard-Pápa

Recent Call-Ups[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Modou Jobe (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 25) 2 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
1GK Pa Dembo Touray (1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 34) 24 0 South Africa Santos
2DF Ahmed Albassam (1986-02-13) February 13, 1986 (age 28) 25 1 The Gambia Steve Biko
2DF Mamadou Danso (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 31) 8 1 Canada Montreal Impact
2DF Lamin Samateh (1992-06-26) June 26, 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Finland KuPS
2DF Emmanuel Gómez (1990-12-20) December 20, 1990 (age 23) 0 0 The Gambia Samger FC
2DF Musa Yaffa (1994-07-15) July 15, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 The Gambia Bakau United
2DF Pa Saikou Kujabi (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 27) 10 0 Unattached
3MF Pa Modou Jagne (1989-12-26) December 26, 1989 (age 24) 13 0 Switzerland FC Sion
3MF Sanna Nyassi (1989-01-31) January 31, 1989 (age 25) 7 1 United States Chicago Fire
3MF Modou Jallow (1995-07-26) July 26, 1995 (age 19) 1 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
3MF Yusupha Bobb (1996-06-22) June 22, 1996 (age 18) 0 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks
3MF Mustapha Carayol (1988-09-04) September 4, 1988 (age 26) 0 0 England Middlesbrough
3MF Saihou Gassama (1993-12-11) December 11, 1993 (age 20) 5 1 Spain Real Zaragoza B
3MF Yankuba Ceesay (1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 30) 5 0 Finland AC Kajaani
3MF Mamut Saine (1993-12-31) December 31, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 The Gambia Seaview F.C.
3MF Baboucarr Sarr (1983-08-30) August 30, 1983 (age 31) 0 0 Unattached
4FW Ali Sowe (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Italy Chievo Verona

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gambia - List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  2. ^ "The Gambia disqualified from all Caf competitions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gambia looking for big finish against Tanzania". Gambia Sports. 6 September 2013. 

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