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Gambia drop in Coca-Cola ranking

Jan 17, 2014, 10:10 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Scorpions of The Gambia senior national team have begun the 2014 Coca-cola Ranking with a 7-place drop globally and 2 places continentally, as established by the latest FIFA Coca-Cola Ranking released yesterday, 16 January 2014 by world football governing body.

The Scorpions, who did not take part in any competitive game since their 2-0 win over the Tiafa Stars of Tanzania in Banjul in their final encounter of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers in October, dropped from their December ranking of 131 to 138 globally and in their continental ranking of 39 to 41.

The Scorpions in December improved 3 places globally from 134 to 131 and a place in the continent from 40 to 39.

In November, The Gambia improved 5 places globally from 139 to 134 but maintained its African ranking of 40.

The Gambia, among 51 countries that registered for the qualifying stages of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to take place in Morocco, from 15 January to 15 February 2015, would have to wait until April to know which group or pairing they may be in, as CAF said on Wednesday 8 January that it has postponed the draw from 31 January to April.

The qualifiers are being sandwiched into a three-month period after the 2014 World Cup, and are divided into a preliminary round and a group stage.

With no competitive match expected for the Scorpions until after the World Cup, The Gambia must therefore find friendly matches to keep the squad prepared for the qualifiers that would be run and over a three-month period.

The GFF must also fix the issue of the coach for the national team, with “the contract of Peter Bonu Johnson said to have expired last month”.