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The Gambias national football team is known by the nickname The Scorpions. They have never qualified for either the FIFA World Cup or the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. Until 1965 the country and the team were known as British Gambia.
Their best football achievements have come at youth level, with the Gambia winning the 2005 and 2009 Under-17 African Championships. The senior team has finished runners-up in the Amilcar Cabral Cup three times.
The Scorpions are coached by Belgian Paul Put and play their home games at the Independence Stadium on the coastal city of Bakau. The tiny African nation has few resources and facilities, but they have gained respectable results in recent years and are punching above their weight with a squad that is predominantly foreign-based.
The countrys top flight football division is known as the GFA League First Division. The reigning champions are Armed Forces, who won their second title in 2009. The leading team since the leagues formation in 1969 is Wallidan, who have won 15 tiles. Gambia Ports Authority and Real have won seven titles apiece.
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