FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Free Fall for Gambia on Fifa

Gambia shockingly plummeted on Fifa newest ranking making an eleven steps free fall.

A fall was inevitable after last playing active football in June which ended a heart-break for Gambian fans but the margin at which Mancini's men plummeted will leave fans mouth gaped.

Tahiti, Sao Toomi and Principe, Nicaragua, St Vincent and the Grenadines -rarely football hot beds, are the minors even ahead of Gambia on the global scale.

The Scorpions fits at a disappointing position of 142, their worst in recent years. A single factor could be lined up as reason for the poor show.

Five months after crashing out of the race for a slot in the 2013 African Cup of Nations and losing to a victory-deserving Algerian side in Algiers, Gambia has remain inactive since then.

Holding test matches count for all FIFA ratings and football affiliate countries are gauged by games they play.

In Africa, the Scorpions are only better than Mauritius, Djibouti, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Swaziland and Mauritania who are at the foot of the table. Gambia is forty-two in Africa while Ivory Coast leads the way at the top closely followed by Algeria. Mali is 3rd, Ghana 4th and Nations Cup winners Zambia are 5th.

Fortunes may change for Gambia on the ranking when the proposed test match with Italian Siena holds.

Spain consolidated their grip at the peak of the ladder amassing one thousand five hundred and sixty-four points. Germany is second, Argentina 3rd, Portugal, 4th Italy, 5th and England 6th.

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