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
Home stadium Independence Stadium (Bakau)
FIFA code GAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 178 Decrease 1 (9 February 2017)
Highest 65 (June 2009)
Lowest 178 (February 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 124 (9 July 2014)
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.

2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification[edit]

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,[6] but lost their first home game against Cameroon 0–1[7] thanks to a goal by Vincent Aboubakar.

In the double-header of qualifiers in March 2016, Gambia lost 1–2[8] against Mauritania in Nouakchott which featured a first international goal for Mustapha Carayol before drawing 0–0[9] 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.

13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
19:00 (UTC+2)[note 1]
South Africa  0–0  Gambia
Report

6 September 2015 (2015-09-06)
16:30 (UTC±0)
Gambia  0–1  Cameroon
Report Aboubakar Goal 65'

25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
16:30 (UTC±0)
Mauritania  2–1  Gambia
Moulaye Ahmed Goal 36'90+5' Report Carayol Goal 65'
Stade Olympique, Nouakchott
Referee: Isaac Montgomery (Liberia)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
16:30 (UTC±0)
Gambia  0–0  Mauritania
Report
Independence Stadium, Bakau
Referee: Fidel Gomes (Guinea-Bissau)

4 June 2016 (2016-06-04)
17:00 (UTC±0)
Gambia  0–4  South Africa
Report Gabuza Goal 29'38'
Dolly Goal 55'79'
Independence Stadium, Bakau
Referee: Denis Dembélé (Ivory Coast)

3 September 2016 (2016-09-03)
15:30 (UTC+1)
Cameroon  2–0  Gambia
Moukandjo Goal 35' (pen.)
Ekambi Goal 53'
Report
Stade Municipal de Limbe, Limbe
Referee: Joseph Lamptey (Ghana)

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.[11][12] 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.[13][14]

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 the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification match against Cameroon on 3 September 2016.[15]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Modou Jobe (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 28) 6 0 Senegal Linguère
18 1GK Alhagie Nyabally (1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 25) 5 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
3 2DF Gregory Sambou (1994-10-25) October 25, 1994 (age 22) 5 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority
4 2DF Dawda Ngum (1990-09-02) September 2, 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Sweden Höllviken
13 2DF Hamidou Bojang (1997-01-01) January 1, 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Senegal Linguère
14 2DF Nuha Barrow (1993-10-10) October 10, 1993 (age 23) 3 0 The Gambia Gamtel
15 2DF Bubacarr Sanneh (1994-11-14) November 14, 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Denmark Horsens
17 2DF Alieu Jatta (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Senegal Génération Foot
2 3MF Lamin Charty (1996-04-08) April 8, 1996 (age 20) 6 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks
5 3MF Tijan Jaiteh (1988-12-31) December 31, 1988 (age 28) 15 1 Israel Bnei Yehuda
6 3MF Mass Manga (1995-01-01) January 1, 1995 (age 22) 4 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks
8 3MF Sainey Sambou (1992-02-02) February 2, 1992 (age 25) 3 0 The Gambia Brikama United
10 3MF Ebou Kanteh (1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 22) 3 1 The Gambia Brikama United
7 4FW Lamin Jallow (1995-12-18) December 18, 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Trapani
9 4FW Assan Ceesay (1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Switzerland Lugano
11 4FW Bully Drammeh (1995-07-15) July 15, 1995 (age 21) 6 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul

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
GK Christopher Allen (1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 27) 8 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
DF Musa Yaffa (1994-07-15) July 15, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 The Gambia Banjul Hawks vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
DF Omar Colley (Captain) (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 24) 10 0 Belgium Genk vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
DF Kebba Ceesay (1987-11-14) November 14, 1987 (age 29) 11 0 The Gambia Gamtel vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
DF Ibou Touray (1994-12-24) December 24, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 England Nantwich Town vs.  Mauritania on 25 March 2016
MF Kaba Sambou (1996-04-20) April 20, 1996 (age 20) 6 0 Kosovo Trepça'89 vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
MF Muhammed Conteh (1996-03-31) March 31, 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Senegal Mbour Petite Côte vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
FW Emil Sambou (1994-05-11) May 11, 1994 (age 22) 5 0 South Africa Santos vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
MF Hamza Barry (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Croatia Hajduk Split vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
MF Demba Savage (1988-06-17) June 17, 1988 (age 28) 12 1 Finland HJK vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
MF Mustapha Carayol (1988-09-04) September 4, 1988 (age 28) 3 1 England Nottingham Forest vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
FW Bacari (1988-03-14) March 14, 1988 (age 29) 2 0 Bulgaria Cherno More vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
FW Bubacarr Trawally (1994-11-10) November 10, 1994 (age 22) 3 0 China Yanbian Funde vs.  South Africa on 4 June 2016
FW Modou Barrow (1992-10-03) October 3, 1992 (age 24) 5 0 England Leeds United vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
FW Pa Amat Dibba (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 29) 5 1 Sweden Hammarby vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
FW Omar Jagne (1992-06-10) June 10, 1992 (age 24) 4 1 Sweden Dalkurd vs.  Mauritania on 29 March 2016
  • RET = Retired from international football.

Coaches since 1987[edit]

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. ^ http://www.gambiafa.com/the-gfa/gambia-national-stadium.html
  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. ^ "Misfiring Bafana held by Gambia". africanfootball.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Gambia vs Cameroon Match Report". africanfootball.com. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Late goal hands Mauritania win". africanfootball.com. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Gambia, Mauritania in a dull draw". africanfootball.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  10. ^ "South Africa vs Gambia game delayed". IOL Sport. 13 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Former international Sang Ndong named new Gambia coach". bbc.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Gambia Reappoints Sang Ndong National Team Coach". observer.gm. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Scorpions Coach on Mauritania Game". observer.gm. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Scorpions Coach Appeals For Support in Rebuilding Process". observer.gm. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Modou Barrow:Swansea forward returns to The Gambia squad". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  1. ^ 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.[10]

External links[edit]

  • GFF Official federation website