Gambia national football team


Gambia
Nickname(s)The Scorpions
AssociationGambia Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachTom Saintfiet
CaptainPa Modou Jagne
Most capsPa Modou Jagne (39)
Top scorerAssan Ceesay (8)
Home stadiumIndependence Stadium
FIFA codeGAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 152 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest65 (June 2009)
Lowest179 (March 2017)
First international
British Gambia 2–1 Sierra Leone
(Gambia; 9 February 1953)
Biggest win
 Gambia 6–0 Lesotho 
(Banjul, Gambia; 12 October 2002)
Biggest defeat
 Guinea 8–0 Gambia 
(Guinea; 14 May 1972)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (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).

History


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.[2] 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.[3]

On 12 October 2002, the team got their biggest ever victory in international competition, a 6–0 victory against Lesotho. [4]

In May 2014, The Gambia was banned from all CAF competitions for two years after deliberately falsifying players' ages.[5]

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.

Home stadium


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.[6]

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

2020

12 November 2021 AFCONQ Gabon  2–1  Gambia Franceville, Gabon
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade de Franceville
Referee: Kouassi Attiogbe (Togo)
16 November 2021 AFCONQ Gambia  2–1  Gabon Bakau, Gambia
16:00 UTC±0
Report Stadium: Independence Stadium
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)

2021

25 March 2021 AFCONQ Gambia  1–0  Angola Bakau, Gambia
16:00 UTC±0
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)
8 June FIFA Friendly Gambia  1–0  Togo Manavgat, Turkey
17:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex
Attendance: 0
11 June FIFA Friendly Kosovo  1–0  Gambia Manavgat, Turkey
17:00 UTC+3 Hoxha  80' Report Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex
Attendance: 0
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (Turkey)

Coaching staff


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.[7]

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
Physiotherapist Tom Mertens
Physiotherapist Joppe Vermeulen
Equipment Manager Mustapha Kassama
Equipment Manager Robby Echelmeyer
International Scout Alessandro Soli

Coaching history

Players


Current squad

The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Niger, Togo and Kosovo on 4, 7 and 10 June 2021 respectively.[8]

Caps and goals are correct as of 29 March 2021, after the match against DR Congo
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Baboucarr Gaye (1998-02-24) 24 February 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Rot-Weiß Koblenz
1GK Sheikh Sibi (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Virtus Verona
1GK Lamin Sarr (2001-03-11) 11 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Torns IF

2DF Omar Colley (1992-10-24) 24 October 1992 (age 28) 27 0 Sampdoria
2DF Bubacarr Sanneh (1994-11-14) 14 November 1994 (age 26) 26 1 AGF
2DF Mohammed Mbye (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 32) 10 0 Ifö Bromölla IF
2DF Robin Bjørnholm-Jatta (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Stjørdals-Blink
2DF Omar Gaye (1998-09-18) 18 September 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Milsami
2DF James Gomez (2001-11-14) 14 November 2001 (age 19) 1 1 AC Horsens
2DF Leon Guwara (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 25) 2 0 Jahn Regensburg
2DF Muhammed Sanneh (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Baník Ostrava

3MF Sulayman Marreh (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 25) 21 1 Gent
3MF Dawda Ngum (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 30) 17 0 Brønshøj
3MF Ebrima Colley (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 21) 9 0 Hellas Verona
3MF Ablie Jallow (1998-11-14) 14 November 1998 (age 22) 10 3 RFC Seraing
3MF Yusupha Bobb (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Livorno
3MF Ebrima Darboe (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Roma
3MF Adama Jarjue (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Zlatibor Čajetina

4FW Assan Ceesay (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 27) 18 8 Zürich
4FW Musa Barrow (1998-11-14) 14 November 1998 (age 22) 12 2 Bologna
4FW Muhammed Badamosi (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 22) 6 1 Kortrijk
4FW Nuha Marong (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 28) 3 0 Recreativo Granada
4FW Yusupha Njie (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Boavista
4FW Musa Juwara (2001-12-26) 26 December 2001 (age 19) 1 0 Bologna
4FW Dembo Darboe (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Shakhtyor Soligorsk
4FW Aboubakary Kanté (1994-08-11) 11 August 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Fuenlabrada

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 (1988-10-27) 27 October 1988 (age 32) 26 0 Jeddah v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
GK Salifu Senghore (2000-10-01) 1 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Lahti v.  Congo, 9 October 2020

DF Pa Modou Jagne (captain) (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 31) 38 2 Dietikon v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
DF Noah Sonko Sundberg (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Östersund v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
DF Maudo Jarjué (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 23) 2 0 IF Elfsborg v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
DF Sulayman Bojang (1997-09-03) 3 September 1997 (age 23) 6 0 Sarpsborg 08 v.  Congo, 9 October 2020

MF Alasana Manneh (1998-04-08) 8 April 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Górnik v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
MF Kalifa Manneh (1998-09-02) 2 September 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Catania v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
MF Ebrima Sohna (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 (age 32) 36 3 Unattached v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
MF Sainey Njie (2001-07-30) 30 July 2001 (age 20) 1 0 DAC Dunajská Streda v.  Gabon, 16 November 2020
MF Sheriff Sinyan (1996-07-19) 19 July 1996 (age 25) 4 0 Molde v.  Congo, 9 October 2020

FW Lamin Jallow (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 27) 15 1 Vicenza v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
FW Bubacarr Jobe (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 26) 11 3 Norrby IF v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
FW Abdoulie Sanyang (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 (age 22) 4 0 Beerschot v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
FW Bubacarr Trawally (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Ajman v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2021
FW Modou Barrow (1992-10-03) 3 October 1992 (age 28) 12 2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v.  Gabon, 16 November 2020

WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records


As of 29 March 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active with Gambia.

Competitive record


World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to
1978
Did not enter Did not enter
1982 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 1
1986 2 1 0 1 3 6
1990 Did not enter Did not enter
1994 Withdrew Withdrew
1998 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 5
2002 2 0 0 2 0 3
2006 2 1 0 1 2 3
2010 6 2 3 1 6 3
2014 6 1 1 4 4 11
2018 2 0 1 1 2 3
2022 2 0 0 2 1 3
2026 To be determined To be determined
Total0/222666142238

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
1965Not affiliated to CAF
1968 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
2017Did not qualify
2019
2021Qualified
2023To be determined
2025
Total1/33

Honours


Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • Runners-up (3)


References


  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. "World Football Elo Ratings: Gambia". World Football Elo Rankings. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  3. "Gambia – List of International Matches". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. "Gambia v Lesotho, 13 October 2002". 11v11.com.
  5. "The Gambia disqualified from all Caf competitions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Tom Saintfiet named new Gambia coach". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. "Players for Turkey training camp". Twitter. Official Gambia FF.
  9. "Gambia". National Football Teams.