Gambia national football team

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Gambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Scorpions
Association Gambia Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Sang Ndong
Captain Omar Colley
Most caps EBou Sillah (110)
Top scorer Alagie Biri Njie (30)
Home stadium Independence Stadium (Bakau)
FIFA code GAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 163 Increase 1 (23 November 2017)
Highest 65 (June 2009)
Lowest 179 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 139 (15 November 2017)
Highest 93 (January 1984)
Lowest 145 (22 November 1993)
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 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.

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 competitions for two years after deliberately falsifying players' ages.[2]

Home stadium[edit]

Football fans watching Gambia v Guinea

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.[3]

Match record[edit]

Gambia Football Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 3 Times Runners-up

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Gambia were drawn in the first qualifying round against Namibia and were eliminated following a 1–1 draw[4] in Banjul and 1–2 defeat[5] in Windhoek.

9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
17:00 (UTC±0)
Gambia  1–1  Namibia
Jammeh Goal 78' Report (FIFA)
Report (CAF)
Stephanus Goal 61'
Independence Stadium, Bakau
Referee: Ousmane Karembe (Mali)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
16:00 (UTC+2)
Namibia  2–1  Gambia
Stephanus Goal 42'
Somaeb Goal 63'
Report (FIFA)
Report (CAF)
Dibba Goal 10'
Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)

Namibia won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to the second round against Guinea.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Former national team goalkeeper and national team head coach Sang Ndong was re-appointed into the role of head coach in February 2016.[6][7] 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.[8][9]

Head Coach The Gambia Sang Ndong
Assistant Coach The Gambia Mattar M'Boge
Assistant Coach The Gambia Alhagie Sarr
Goalkeeping Coach The Gambia Alhagie Marong
Team Doctor Egypt Dr. Emad Al Radwan
Physiotherapist The Gambia Wandifa Ceesay
Equipment Manager The Gambia Amadou LS Jaiteh

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a series of friendlies matches on November 2017 in Morocco.[10]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Modou Jobe (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 29) 7 0 Nigeria El-Kanemi Warriors
16 1GK Alhagie Nyabally (1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 26) 5 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
23 1GK Baboucarr Gaye (1998-02-24) February 24, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Germany Arminia Bielefeld
5 2DF Bubacarr Sanneh (1994-11-14) November 14, 1994 (age 23) 7 0 Denmark Horsens
2DF Mamadou Danso (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 34) 11 1 Malaysia Kelantan FA
15 2DF Omar Colley (Captain) (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 25) 10 0 Belgium Racing Genk
2DF Amando Aust (1990-04-23) April 23, 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Germany Dassendorf
2DF Simon Richter (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 32) 1 0 Denmark Roskilde
4 3MF Dawda Ngum (1990-09-02) September 2, 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Sweden FC Rosengård 1917
2 3MF Hamza Barry (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 23) 11 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
3MF Sulayman Marreh (1996-01-15) January 15, 1996 (age 21) 11 0 Spain Real Valladolid
5 3MF Tijan Jaiteh (1988-12-31) December 31, 1988 (age 28) 15 1 Qatar Al-Markhiya S.C.
8 3MF Raymond Mendy (1996-07-01) July 1, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien
10 3MF Modou Barrow (1992-10-03) October 3, 1992 (age 25) 26 16 England Reading
11 3MF Mustapha Carayol (1988-09-04) September 4, 1988 (age 29) 4 2 England Nottingham Forest
3MF Pa Modou Jagne (1989-12-26) December 26, 1989 (age 27) 24 1 Switzerland FC Zürich
3MF Alasana Manneh (1998-08-04) August 4, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Spain CE Sabadell
3MF Ebou Adams (1996-01-15) January 15, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 England Shrewsbury Town
7 4FW Lamin Jallow (1995-12-18) December 18, 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Cesena
9 4FW Ali Sowe (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 23) 5 0 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë
4FW Bubacarr Trawally (1994-11-10) November 10, 1994 (age 23) 4 0 China Yanbian Funde
4FW Mohamed Badamosi (1998-12-27) December 27, 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Morocco FUS Rabat
4FW Yusupha Njie (1994-01-03) January 3, 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Portugal Boavista

Recent call-ups[edit]

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
DF Gregory Sambou (1994-10-25) October 25, 1994 (age 23) 5 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
DF Hamidou Bojang (1997-01-01) January 1, 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Senegal Linguère vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
DF Nuha Barrow (1993-10-10) October 10, 1993 (age 24) 3 0 The Gambia Gamtel vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
DF Alieu Jatta (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Senegal Génération Foot vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
DF Musa Yaffa (1994-07-15) July 15, 1994 (age 23) 2 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
MF Lamin Charty (1996-04-08) April 8, 1996 (age 21) 6 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
MF Mass Manga (1995-01-01) January 1, 1995 (age 22) 4 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
MF Ebou Kanteh (1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 22) 3 1 The Gambia Brikama United vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
FW Bully Drammeh (1995-07-15) July 15, 1995 (age 22) 6 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul vs.  Cameroon on 3 September 2016
MF Kaba Sambou (1996-04-20) April 20, 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Belgium Westerlo vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
MF Muhammed Conteh (1996-03-31) March 31, 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Senegal Mbour Petite Côte vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
FW Emil Sambou (1994-05-11) May 11, 1994 (age 23) 5 0 South Africa Santos vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
FW Bacari (1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 29) 2 0 Bulgaria Cherno More vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
  • RET = Retired from international football.

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Namibia secured a 1–1 draw away to Gambia". kickoff.com. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Warriors beat Gambia to setup Guinea clash". nbc.na. Retrieved 2015-10-13. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Former international Sang Ndong named new Gambia coach". bbc.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Gambia Reappoints Sang Ndong National Team Coach". observer.gm. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Scorpions Coach on Mauritania Game". observer.gm. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Scorpions Coach Appeals For Support in Rebuilding Process". observer.gm. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "SPORTS: Sang Ndong hands trio Gambia call-up". 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 

External links[edit]

  • GFF Official federation website