By Sulayman Bah
FIFA’s latest ranking failed to indicate any climbing or plummet for the coach-less Scorpions – a thing reportedly attributed to the nation’s current state of football stagnation as a result of the universal two-year CAF ban imposed on the country.
Consequently Gambia remains rooted at 148 in the World Football nations rating on sixty-one points only better than Malta, Malaysia, Antigua and Barbudan and India.
A similar trending follows in the continent with Gambia at 45th-placed in the 54-nation CAF ranking ahead of only football minors Swaziland, Comoros, Sao Tome, Sychelles, Mauritius, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti.
Rating is gauged on frequent team activity such as participation in tournaments and the holding of test matches.
But it appears a likely sliding would have followed for the Gambia even without the current ban after the nation last kicked a ball nine months ago in the 2014 Brazil WC qualifiers against Tanzania.
Germany tops the world at first position with runners-up Argentina, Netherlands, Colombia and Belgium at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively. England sits 20th.
Algeria usurped Ivory Coast for top spot in the continent but the Elephants settle for second place with Nigeria and Egypt third and fourth. Ghana occupies 5th-place whilst Cameroon despite its poor performance at the World Cup are based at 8th.