Gambia national football team
|Association||Gambia Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Sang Ndong|
|Most caps||EBou Sillah (110)|
|Top scorer||Alagie Biri Njie (30)|
|Home stadium||Independence Stadium (Bakau)|
|Current||163 1 (23 November 2017)|
|Highest||65 (June 2009)|
|Lowest||179 (March 2017)|
|Current||139 (15 November 2017)|
|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 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
9 October 2015
|Jammeh 78'||Report (FIFA)
13 October 2015
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
|27 March 2017 Friendly||Central African Republic||1–2||Gambia||Rabat, Morocco|
|16:00 WAT||Report||Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
|11 June 2017 2019 AFCONQ||Benin||1–0||Gambia||Cotonou, Benin|
||Report||Stadium: Stade de l'Amitié
Referee: Boubou Traoré (Mali)
|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)
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||7||0||El-Kanemi Warriors|
|16||GK||Alhagie Nyabally||November 15, 1991||5||0||Real de Banjul|
|23||GK||Baboucarr Gaye||February 24, 1998||0||0||Arminia Bielefeld|
|5||DF||Bubacarr Sanneh||November 14, 1994||7||0||Horsens|
|DF||Mamadou Danso||April 27, 1983||11||1||Kelantan FA|
|15||DF||Omar Colley (Captain)||October 24, 1992||10||0||Racing Genk|
|DF||Amando Aust||April 23, 1990||1||0||Dassendorf|
|DF||Simon Richter||January 16, 1985||1||0||Roskilde|
|4||MF||Dawda Ngum||September 2, 1990||2||0||FC Rosengård 1917|
|2||MF||Hamza Barry||October 15, 1994||11||0||Hajduk Split|
|MF||Sulayman Marreh||January 15, 1996||11||0||Real Valladolid|
|5||MF||Tijan Jaiteh||December 31, 1988||15||1||Al-Markhiya S.C.|
|8||MF||Raymond Mendy||July 1, 1996||0||0||CS Sfaxien|
|10||MF||Modou Barrow||October 3, 1992||26||16||Reading|
|11||MF||Mustapha Carayol||September 4, 1988||4||2||Nottingham Forest|
|MF||Pa Modou Jagne||December 26, 1989||24||1||FC Zürich|
|MF||Alasana Manneh||August 4, 1998||0||0||CE Sabadell|
|MF||Ebou Adams||January 15, 1996||0||0||Shrewsbury Town|
|7||FW||Lamin Jallow||December 18, 1995||4||0||Cesena|
|9||FW||Ali Sowe||June 14, 1994||5||0||Skënderbeu Korçë|
|FW||Bubacarr Trawally||November 10, 1994||4||0||Yanbian Funde|
|FW||Mohamed Badamosi||December 27, 1998||0||0||FUS Rabat|
|FW||Yusupha Njie||January 3, 1994||0||0||Boavista|
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||October 25, 1994||5||0||Gambia Ports Authority||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|DF||Hamidou Bojang||January 1, 1997||1||0||Linguère||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|DF||Nuha Barrow||October 10, 1993||3||0||Gamtel||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|DF||Alieu Jatta||September 18, 1995||2||0||Génération Foot||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|DF||Musa Yaffa||July 15, 1994||2||0||Banjul Hawks||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
|MF||Lamin Charty||April 8, 1996||6||0||Banjul Hawks||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|MF||Mass Manga||January 1, 1995||4||0||Banjul Hawks||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|MF||Ebou Kanteh||February 12, 1995||3||1||Brikama United||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|FW||Bully Drammeh||July 15, 1995||6||0||Real de Banjul||vs. Cameroon on 3 September 2016|
|MF||Kaba Sambou||April 20, 1996||6||0||Westerlo||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|
|FW||Bacari||March 14, 1988||2||0||Cherno More||vs. South Africa on 4 June 2016|
- RET = Retired from international football.
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