Gambia national football team
|Association||Gambia Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Sang Ndong|
|Home stadium||Independence Stadium (Bakau)|
|Current||178 1 (9 February 2017)|
|Highest||65 (June 2009)|
|Lowest||178 (February 2017)|
|Current||124 (9 July 2014)|
|Highest||93 (January 1984)|
|Lowest||145 (22 November 1993)|
| British Gambia 3–2 Senegal
(Gambia; 5 December 1962)
| Gambia 6–0 Lesotho
(Banjul, Gambia; 12 October 2002)
| Guinea 8–0 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 Federation. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Home stadium
- 3 Match record
- 4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 5 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 Players
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
Independence Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bakau, Gambia. It is currently used mostly for football matches, although it is also used for music concerts, political events, trade fairs and national celebrations. The stadium holds 30,000 people.
Gambia Football Achievements
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 3 Times Runners-up
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1978 – Did not enter
- 1982 to 1986 – Did not qualify
- 1990 – Did not enter
- 1994 – Withdrew
- 1998 to 2018 – Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 1957 to 1974 – Did not enter
- 1976 – Did not qualify
- 1978 – Did not enter
- 1980 to 1988 – Did not qualify
- 1990 – Withdrew
- 1992 – Did not qualify
- 1994 – Did not enter
- 1996 – Withdrew during qualifying
- 1998 – Banned for withdrawing in 1996
- 2000 – Withdrew
- 2002 to 2013 – Did not qualify
- 2015 – Banned
- 2017 – Did not qualify
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
Gambia v Namibia
9 October 2015
|Jammeh 78'||Report (FIFA)
Namibia v Gambia
13 October 2015
2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
The draw put Gambia in group M with South Africa, Cameroon and Mauritania. The team drew their first game away in South Africa 0–0, but lost their first home game against Cameroon 0–1 thanks to a goal by Vincent Aboubakar.
In the double-header of qualifiers in March 2016, Gambia lost 1–2 against Mauritania in Nouakchott which featured a first international goal for Mustapha Carayol before drawing 0–0 against the same team four days later in Banjul. Gambia were beaten 0-4 at home against South Africa in June 2016 before playing their last qualification match away against Cameroon in September of the same year, losing 0-2.
South Africa v Gambia
Gambia v Cameroon
6 September 2015
Mauritania v Gambia
25 March 2016
|Moulaye Ahmed 36', 90+5'||Report||Carayol 65'|
Gambia v Mauritania
29 March 2016
Gambia v South Africa
4 June 2016
|Report||Gabuza 29', 38'
Dolly 55', 79'
Cameroon v Gambia
3 September 2016
|Moukandjo 35' (pen.)
Former national team goalkeeper and national team head coach Sang Ndong was re-appointed into the role of head coach in February 2016. He has also spent time as technical director with the GFF previously and has stepped in as interim coach of the Scorpions on several occasions in the past. His appointment was a show of support for local coaches and introduced a process of rebuilding and rebranding the national team.
|Head Coach||Sang Ndong|
|Assistant Coach||Mattar M'Boge|
|Assistant Coach||Alhagie Sarr|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Alhagie Marong|
|Team Doctor||Dr. Emad Al Radwan|
|Equipment Manager||Amadou LS Jaiteh|
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Modou Jobe||October 27, 1988||6||0||Linguère|
|18||GK||Alhagie Nyabally||November 15, 1991||5||0||Real de Banjul|
|3||DF||Gregory Sambou||October 25, 1994||5||0||Gambia Ports Authority|
|4||DF||Dawda Ngum||September 2, 1990||1||0||Höllviken|
|13||DF||Hamidou Bojang||January 1, 1997||1||0||Linguère|
|14||DF||Nuha Barrow||October 10, 1993||3||0||Gamtel|
|15||DF||Bubacarr Sanneh||November 14, 1994||5||0||Horsens|
|17||DF||Alieu Jatta||September 18, 1995||2||0||Génération Foot|
|2||MF||Lamin Charty||April 8, 1996||6||0||Banjul Hawks|
|5||MF||Tijan Jaiteh||December 31, 1988||15||1||Bnei Yehuda|
|6||MF||Mass Manga||January 1, 1995||4||0||Banjul Hawks|
|8||MF||Sainey Sambou||February 2, 1992||3||0||Brikama United|
|10||MF||Ebou Kanteh||February 12, 1995||3||1||Brikama United|
|7||FW||Lamin Jallow||December 18, 1995||3||0||Trapani|
|9||FW||Assan Ceesay||March 17, 1994||1||0||Lugano|
|11||FW||Bully Drammeh||July 15, 1995||6||0||Real de Banjul|
The following players have been called up for Gambia in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Christopher Allen||December 19, 1989||8||0||Gambia Ports Authority||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|DF||Musa Yaffa||July 15, 1994||2||0||Banjul Hawks||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|DF||Omar Colley (Captain)||October 24, 1992||10||0||Genk||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|DF||Kebba Ceesay||November 14, 1987||11||0||Gamtel||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|DF||Ibou Touray||December 24, 1994||2||0||Nantwich Town||vs. Mauritania on 25 March 2016|
|MF||Kaba Sambou||April 20, 1996||6||0||Trepça'89||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|MF||Muhammed Conteh||March 31, 1996||1||0||Mbour Petite Côte||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|FW||Emil Sambou||May 11, 1994||5||0||Santos||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|MF||Hamza Barry||October 15, 1994||7||0||Hajduk Split||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|MF||Demba Savage||June 17, 1988||12||1||HJK||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|MF||Mustapha Carayol||September 4, 1988||3||1||Nottingham Forest||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|FW||Bacari||March 14, 1988||2||0||Cherno More||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|FW||Bubacarr Trawally||November 10, 1994||3||0||Yanbian Funde||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|FW||Modou Barrow||October 3, 1992||5||0||Leeds United||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|FW||Pa Amat Dibba||October 15, 1987||5||1||Hammarby||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
|FW||Omar Jagne||June 10, 1992||4||1||Dalkurd||vs. Mauritania on 29 March 2016|
- RET = Retired from international football.
Coaches since 1987
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- "The Gambia disqualified from all Caf competitions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
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- "South Africa vs Gambia game delayed". IOL Sport. 13 June 2015.
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- "Gambia Reappoints Sang Ndong National Team Coach". observer.gm. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Scorpions Coach on Mauritania Game". observer.gm. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
- "Scorpions Coach Appeals For Support in Rebuilding Process". observer.gm. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Modou Barrow:Swansea forward returns to The Gambia squad". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
- The South Africa v Gambia match was delayed from the original kick-off time of 15:00 local time due to late arrival of officials.
- GFF Official federation website