By Sulayman Bah
Gambia made a huge fall in this month’s latest FIFA Coco-Cola rankings dropping down seven places.
Made public Thursday morning, the release shows the Scorpions come down crashing –their worst in two months.
Raoul Savoy’s men blip could understandably be linked to lack of competition which is in turn attributed to funding issues. Rating is gauged based on regular participation in competitions including friendlies which, it appears, isn’t a luxury readily available to the Gambia national team.
The scorpions were jettisoned off the World Cup 2018 Russia preliminary rounds after failing to get past a reinvigorated Tanzania leaving Savoy with only the Gabon Afcon qualifiers to fight for, hopes of which is virtually thinning out.
The situation means the Swiss and his charges wouldn’t kick a ball till March 2016 when they will take on Mauritania beginning away in Nouakchott.
Arranging test games could be fine way of reshaping the squad but no such murmurings are heard around the Football House’s dormitory and the results have abysmally showed in November Fifia’s ranking as Gambia took a fall globally and continentally.
The scorpions occupy 48th place in Africa topped by Nations Cup holder Ivory Coast.
Gambia sit third in group F of the qualifiers on a solitary point –scored in a drab goalless stalemate with South Africa in Durban -in two matches played so far.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions who pulled the trigger and replaced their gaffer lead the way on six points while minnows Mauritania are second best in the pool.