Gambia national football team
|Association||Gambia Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Tom Saintfiet|
|Captain||Pa Modou Jagne|
|Most caps||Pa Modou Jagne (39)|
|Top scorer||Assan Ceesay (8)|
|Home stadium||Independence Stadium|
|Current||152 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||65 (June 2009)|
|Lowest||179 (March 2017)|
| British Gambia 2–1 Sierra Leone |
(Gambia; 9 February 1953)
| Gambia 6–0 Lesotho |
(Banjul, Gambia; 12 October 2002)
| Guinea 8–0 Gambia |
(Guinea; 14 May 1972)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2021)|
The Gambia national football team represents The Gambia in men's international football and is controlled by the Gambia Football Federation. Until 1965, the team and the country, were known as British Gambia. The team has never qualified for the World Cup. In 2021, Gambia qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in history. The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Under the name British Gambia, the team played their first ever game on 9 February 1953 against Sierra Leone, winning 2–1 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.
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.
On 12 October 2002, the team got their biggest ever victory in international competition, a 6–0 victory against Lesotho.
In May 2014, The Gambia was banned from all CAF competitions for two years after deliberately falsifying players' ages.
The nation's fortunes improved in qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Although they failed to qualify, they took it to the final round of games, including drawing twice with African giants Algeria.
On 13 November, in their first Group D match of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Gambia defeated Angola 1–3 in Luanda. This was The Scorpions first away win in an AFCON or FIFA World Cup qualifier ever, at their 40th attempt.
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.
Recent schedule and results
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|12 November 2021 AFCONQ||Gabon||2–1||Gambia||Franceville, Gabon|
||Stadium: Stade de Franceville|
Referee: Kouassi Attiogbe (Togo)
|16 November 2021 AFCONQ||Gambia||2–1||Gabon||Bakau, Gambia|
||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
|25 March 2021 AFCONQ||Gambia||1–0||Angola||Bakau, Gambia|
||Report||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Adissa Abdul Ligali (Benin)
|29 March 2021 AFCONQ||DR Congo||1–0||Gambia||Kinshasa, DR Congo|
|17:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Stade des Martyrs|
Referee: Amin Mohamed Omar (Egypt)
|5 June FIFA Friendly||Niger||0–2||Gambia||Manavgat, Turkey|
|17:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex|
Referee: Abdulkadir Bitigen (Turkey)
|8 June FIFA Friendly||Gambia||1–0||Togo||Manavgat, Turkey|
||Report||Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex|
|11 June FIFA Friendly||Kosovo||1–0||Gambia||Manavgat, Turkey|
|17:00 UTC+3||Hoxha 80'||Report||Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex|
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (Turkey)
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|
|Team Manager||Ousman Drammeh|
|Assistant Coach||Alagie Sarr|
|Assistant Coach||Riedoh Berdien|
|Physical Coach||Daniele Caleca|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Alhagie Marong|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Jo Stock|
|Team Doctor||Pa Landing|
|Equipment Manager||Mustapha Kassama|
|Equipment Manager||Robby Echelmeyer|
|International Scout||Alessandro Soli|
- Caps and goals are correct as of 29 March 2021, after the match against DR Congo
Recent call ups
The following players have also been called up to the Gambia squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Modou Jobe||27 October 1988||26||0||Jeddah||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|GK||Salifu Senghore||1 October 2000||0||0||Lahti||v. Congo, 9 October 2020|
|DF||Pa Modou Jagne (captain)||26 December 1989||38||2||Dietikon||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|DF||Noah Sonko Sundberg||6 June 1996||4||0||Östersund||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|DF||Maudo Jarjué||30 September 1997||2||0||IF Elfsborg||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|DF||Sulayman Bojang||3 September 1997||6||0||Sarpsborg 08||v. Congo, 9 October 2020|
|MF||Alasana Manneh||8 April 1998||6||0||Górnik||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|MF||Kalifa Manneh||2 September 1998||1||0||Catania||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|MF||Ebrima Sohna||14 December 1988||36||3||Unattached||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|MF||Sainey Njie||30 July 2001||1||0||DAC Dunajská Streda||v. Gabon, 16 November 2020|
|MF||Sheriff Sinyan||19 July 1996||4||0||Molde||v. Congo, 9 October 2020|
|FW||Lamin Jallow||22 July 1994||15||1||Vicenza||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|FW||Bubacarr Jobe||21 November 1994||11||3||Norrby IF||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|FW||Abdoulie Sanyang||8 May 1999||4||0||Beerschot||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|FW||Bubacarr Trawally||10 November 1994||10||0||Ajman||v. DR Congo, 29 March 2021|
|FW||Modou Barrow||3 October 1992||12||2||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Gabon, 16 November 2020|
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.
|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|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957 to 1963||Part of United Kingdom|
|1965||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1968 to 1974||Did not enter|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|1978||Did not enter|
|1980 to 1988||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not enter|
|1996||Withdrew during qualifying|
|1998||Banned for withdrawing in 1996|
|2002 to 2013||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- Runners-up (3)
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