Gambia national football team
|Association||Gambia Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Tom Saintfiet|
|Captain||Pa Modou Jagne|
|Home stadium||Independence Stadium|
|Current||173 2 (25 October 2018)|
|Highest||65 (June 2009)|
|Lowest||179 (March 2017)|
|Current||143 2 (11 November 2018)|
|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.
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 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
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
| 1930 to
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||1|
|1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||5|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
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
|Jammeh 78'||Report (FIFA)
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|15 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Gambia||0–0||Mali||Bakau, Gambia|
|16:30 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Babacar Sarr (Mauritania)
|22 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Mali||4–0|
|17:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Stade Modibo Kéïta|
Referee: Nabil Boukhalfa (Algeria)
|9 September 2017 2017 WAFU Nations Cup 1st round||Ghana||1–0||Gambia||Cape Coast, Ghana|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: Cape Coast Sports Stadium|
Referee: Boukari Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso)
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Gambia||1–1||Central African Republic||Bakau, Gambia|
|19:00 (GMT)||Ceesay 58'||Report||Kéthévoama 75'||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Issa Sy (Senegal)
|8 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Gambia||1–1||Algeria||Bakau, Gambia|
|16:30 (GMT)||Ceesay 49'||Report||Bounedjah 47'||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)
|12 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Togo||1–1||Gambia||Lomé, Togo|
|16:00 (GMT)||Denkey 83'||Report||Ceesay 7'||Stadium: Stade Municipal|
Referee: Antoine Effa (Cameroon)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Gambia||0–1||Togo||Bakau, Gambia|
|16:30 (GMT)||Report||Ayité 90+2'||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Helder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
|17 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Gambia||v||Benin||Bakau, Gambia|
|16:30 (GMT)||Report||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
In July 2018, former Togo and Zimbabwe coach Tom Saintfiet, was appointed as head coach. Saintfiet took over from former international Sang Ndong who is now technical director of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) following the end of his contract in January.
|Head Coach||Tom Saintfiet|
|Assistant Coach||Mattar M'Boge|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Alhagie Marong|
|Team Doctor||Kalifa Manneh|
|Physiotherapist||Pa Matarr Ndow|
|Equipment Manager||Mustapha Kassama|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Modou Jobe||October 27, 1988||7||0||El-Kanemi Warriors|
|18||GK||Baboucarr Gaye||February 24, 1998||0||0||Arminia Bielefeld|
|GK||Alagie Nyabally||November 15, 1991||5||0||Gambia Ports Authority FC|
|DF||Simon Richter||January 16, 1985||1||0||Brønshøj|
|4||MF||Dawda Ngum||September 2, 1990||2||0||Brønshøj Boldklub|
|3||DF||Bubacarr Sanneh||November 14, 1994||7||0||Anderlecht|
|DF||Omar Colley (Captain)||October 24, 1992||10||0||Sampdoria|
|12||DF||Mamadou Danso||April 27, 1983||11||1||Kelantan FA|
|DF||Gregory Sambou||October 25, 1994||6||0||Gambia Ports Authority FC|
|9||DF||Pa Modou Jagne||December 26, 1989||24||1||FC Zürich|
|6||MF||Sulayman Marreh||January 15, 1996||11||0||Eupen|
|MF||Alasana Manneh||August 4, 1998||0||0||Etar|
|5||MF||Tijan Jaiteh||December 31, 1988||15||1||Al-Markhiya S.C.|
|MF||Hamza Barry||October 15, 1994||11||0||Hajduk Split|
|8||MF||Ebou Adams||January 15, 1996||1||0||Ebbsfleet United|
|19||MF||Mustapha Carayol||September 4, 1988||4||2||Apollon Limassol|
|8||MF||Ebrima Colley||February 1, 2000||0||0||Atalanta|
|15||MF||Ebrima Sohna||December 14, 1988||18||1||Keşla|
|FW||Modou Barrow||October 3, 1992||7||0||Reading|
|7||FW||Lamin Jallow||December 18, 1995||4||0||Salernitana|
|17||FW||Ablie Jallow||November 14, 1998||0||0||Metz|
|11||FW||Assan Ceesay||March 17, 1994||5||1||FC Zurich|
|13||FW||Musa Barrow||14 November 1998||0||0||Atalanta|
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||Amando Aust||April 23, 1990||1||0||Dassendorf||vs. Morocco on 5 November 2017|
|MF||Raymond Mendy||July 1, 1996||0||0||CS Sfaxien||vs. Morocco on 5 November 2017|
|MF||Dawda Ceesay||January 25, 1993||0||0||Churchill Brothers||vs. Morocco on 5 November 2017|
|FW||Bubacarr Trawally||November 10, 1994||4||0||Yanbian Funde||vs. Morocco on 5 November 2017|
|FW||Muhammed Badamosi||December 27, 1998||0||0||FUS Rabat||vs. Morocco on 5 November 2017|
|FW||Yusupha Njie||January 3, 1994||0||0||Boavista||vs. Morocco on 5 November 2017|
- RET = Retired from international football.
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- GFF Official federation website