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Massive drop for Gambia in latest Fifa rankings

Aug 25, 2011, 1:19 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia’s senior national football team has seen a massive drop in the latest Fifa rankings (August 2011), after falling seven places, according to the latest Fifa world rankings released yesterday.

The Scorpions secured 100th place in last month’s rankings, but have failed to improve on that, after the latest rankings revealed a major setback for the Scorpions, which drifted to 107th position.

Although, the Scorpions are not as active as other national teams in terms of playing friendly matches, due to the huge financial costs involved in organizing the test matches, if their last friendly match win over DR Congo is anything to lean on, they deserved some significant progress in the next rankings.

Coach Paul Put’s charges also suffered another demotion in Africa’s rankings going down from last month’s place of 27th to 29th in African football.

In February 2011, the Scorpions were 108th in the world, but have moved one step forward to 107th.

They enjoyed one of their best positions when the team made a significant improvement to climb to the 100th place last month, and maintained the same position in Africa’s rankings at 29th position.

The Scorpions recorded 290 points, which was a slight drop of 3 points from last year’s filings.

The Gambia’s senior national team succumbed to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Guinea Bissau in a friendly game played in Lisbon, Portugal, earlier this year.

They enjoyed a hard fought 1-nil win over Gabon followed by an impressive 3-nil victory at the expense of the Democratic Republic of Congo thanks to goals from Tijan Jaiteh, Demba Savage and the charismatic forward Momodou Ceesay.

That victory was enough to help the Scorpions snatch one of their best international results in many years.