Gambia have entered seven FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns, making their initial introductions ahead of Spain 1982. That maiden bid was halted by Libya following a draw and a loss, but the Scorpions turned heads on the road to South Africa 2010, when they finished second in their group behind eventual World Cup participants Algeria. Unable to continue in the same vein, four years later they signed off as the bottom side in a section dominated by Côte d'Ivoire.
Having sent teams to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2005 and 2009, as well the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Gambian football has clearly made progress in recent years. The task now for the senior side is to build on those signs of promise to bolster their stature on the international stage.
A former defensive stalwart for the Scorpions, Peter Bonu Johnson has been serving the team in a coaching capacity for more than a decade – first as assistant and now as head coach.
5 – Gambia have participated in the last five World Cup qualifying campaigns.
The former stars
Ebrima Ebou Sillah, Alhaji ' Biri Biri' Momodo Nije