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 Raoul Savoy
Captain Abdou Jammeh
Home stadium Independence Stadium
FIFA code GAM
FIFA ranking 160 Decrease 3 (4 June 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 65 (June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 169 (February 2015)
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
  • 2015Banned

Current squad[edit]

The Gambia's players were called for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification against South Africa on 6 September 2015.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Modou Jobe (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 26) 2 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
1GK Sam Jammeh (1991-11-18) November 18, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Sweden IFK Sundsvall
1GK Alhagie Nyabally (1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Kenya Tusker F.C.
4 2DF Abdou Jammeh (1986-02-13) February 13, 1986 (age 29) 46 4 Finland RoPS
4 2DF Bubacarr Sanneh (1994-11-14) November 14, 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Denmark AC Horsens
6 2DF Sulayman Marreh (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Spain Granada CF B
13 2DF Matarr Nyan (1989-10-23) October 23, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Kenya Tusker F.C.
18 2DF Omar Colley (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
17 2DF Kebba Ceesay (1987-11-14) November 14, 1987 (age 27) 6 0 Poland Lech Poznań
2DF Pa Modou Jagne (1989-12-26) December 26, 1989 (age 25) 13 0 Switzerland FC Sion
8 2DF Ousman Koli (1988-10-18) October 18, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Malta Mosta F.C.
2DF Mamadou Danso (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 32) 8 1 United States Carolina Railhawks
3MF Dawda Ngum Sweden FC Höllviken
3MF Modou Barrow (1992-10-03) October 3, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 England Blackburn Rovers
3MF Sainey Nyassi (1989-01-31) January 31, 1989 (age 26) 5 2 Canada FC Edmonton
3MF Omar Jagne Sweden Dalkurd FF
14 3MF Hamza Barry (1994-10-15) October 15, 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
15 3MF Ebrima Sohna (1988-12-14) December 14, 1988 (age 26) 18 2 Finland KuPS
10 3MF Abdoulie Mansally (1989-01-27) January 27, 1989 (age 26) 12 0 United States Real Salt Lake
3MF Sanna Nyassi (1989-01-31) January 31, 1989 (age 26) 7 1 United States San Jose Earthquakes
4FW Bubacarr Trawally China Yanbian Changbaishan F.C.
4FW Pa Amat Dibba (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall
4FW Ebrahim "Ibou" Savaneh (1986-09-07) September 7, 1986 (age 28) 6 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
9 4FW Assan Ceesay (1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 21) 1 0 The Gambia GAMTEL

Recent Call-Ups[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Pa Dembo Touray (1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 35) 24 0 South Africa Santos
1GK Modou Jobe (1988-10-27) October 27, 1988 (age 26) 2 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
1 1GK Bubacarr Sanyang (1994-10-21) October 21, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 The Gambia Armed Forces
16 1GK Christopher Allen (1989-12-19) December 19, 1989 (age 25) 7 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority
3 2DF Saihou Omar Saho (1994-06-18) June 18, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 The Gambia Brikama United
2DF Ahmed Albassam (1986-02-13) February 13, 1986 (age 29) 25 1 The Gambia Steve Biko
2DF Lamin Samateh (1992-06-26) June 26, 1992 (age 23) 3 0 Finland KuPS
2DF Emmanuel Gómez (1990-12-20) December 20, 1990 (age 24) 0 0 The Gambia Samger FC
2DF Musa Yaffa (1994-07-15) July 15, 1994 (age 21) 0 0 The Gambia Bakau United
2DF Pa Saikou Kujabi (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 28) 10 0 England Whitehawk
2DF Antou Badjan (1995-09-13) September 13, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 The Gambia Gambia Ports Authority
24 2DF Algie Amadou Ngum (1988-10-18) October 18, 1988 (age 26) 7 0 The Gambia GAMTEL
11 3MF Saloum Faal (1995-11-02) November 2, 1995 (age 19) 4 1 Senegal Casa Sports
12 3MF Mustapha Jarju (1986-07-18) July 18, 1986 (age 29) 24 5 Unattached
5 3MF Tijan Jaiteh (1988-12-31) December 31, 1988 (age 26) 15 1 Norway Sandefjord
8 3MF Demba Savage (1988-06-17) June 17, 1988 (age 27) 9 1 Finland HJK
3MF Modou Jallow (1995-07-26) July 26, 1995 (age 20) 1 0 The Gambia Real de Banjul
19 3MF Gregory Sambou (1994-10-25) October 25, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Tanzania Young Africans
20 3MF Modou Jatta (1994-08-15) August 15, 1994 (age 21) 1 0 The Gambia Steve Biko
3MF Yusupha Bobb (1996-06-22) June 22, 1996 (age 19) 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 21) 5 1 Spain Real Zaragoza B
3MF Yankuba Ceesay (1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 31) 5 0 Finland AC Kajaani
3MF Mamut Saine (1993-12-31) December 31, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 The Gambia Seaview F.C.
3MF Baboucarr Sarr (1983-08-30) August 30, 1983 (age 31) 0 0 Unattached
2 4FW Nuha Barrow (1993-10-10) October 10, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 The Gambia GAMTEL
7 4FW Ebou Kanteh (1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 The Gambia Brikama United
21 4FW Momodou Ceesay (1988-12-24) December 24, 1988 (age 26) 13 5 Kazakhstan Kairat
23 4FW Haruna Jammeh (1991-06-02) June 2, 1991 (age 24) 2 1 Hungary Lombard-Pápa
4FW Ali Sowe (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Italy Pescara
4FW Alieu Darboe (1992-08-03) August 3, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 France Le Mans Reserves
9 4FW Ousman Jallow (1988-10-21) October 21, 1988 (age 26) 12 2 Unattached

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