Guinea national football team
The Guinea national football team, nicknamed Syli nationale (National Elephants), is the national team of Guinea and is controlled by the Guinean Football Federation. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals, and their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was second in 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in four recent tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008, 2015).
|Nickname(s)||Syli Nationale |
|Association||Guinean Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Paul Put|
|Most caps||Pascal Feindouno (93)|
|Top scorer||Pascal Feindouno (30)|
|Home stadium||Stade du 28 Septembre|
|Current||68 2 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||22 (August 2006, January 2007)|
|Lowest||123 (May 2003)|
|Current||91 3 (2 February 2019)|
|Lowest||125 (June 1996)|
| Togo 2–1 Guinea |
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
| Guinea 14–0 Mauritania |
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
| Zaire 6–0 Guinea |
(Zaire; 2 July 1972)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1970)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1976|
Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo. In 1963, Guinea entered its first qualification campaign for an Africa Cup of Nations, the 1963 tournament in Ghana. Drawn in a two-legged qualifier against Nigeria, Guinea drew the first leg 2–2 away on 27 July, and on 6 October won 1–0 at home to win 3–2 on aggregate. They were later disqualified for using Guinean officials in the second leg, and Nigeria went through to the finals in their place. In 1965, Guinea entered the qualifiers for the 1965 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia and was placed in Group A with Senegal and Mali. On 28 February, they lost 2–0 in Senegal before beating them 3–0 at home on 31 March, Senegal's win over Mali allowed them to qualify instead of Guinea.
In 2001, FIFA expelled the country from the qualification process of the 2002 World Cup and 2002 African Cup of Nations due to government interference in football. Momo Sylla was to blame for this. They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition. In the 2004 African Cup of Nations, Guinea reached the quarter-finals, scoring the first goal against Mali before ultimately losing 2–1, conceding the winning goal in the last minute of the match. Guinea reached the quarter-final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2. 2008 saw Guinea reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for a third successive tournament, only to suffer a 5–0 defeat against Côte d'Ivoire.
In 2012, Guinea beat Botswana 6–1 in the group stage of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, becoming the first side to score six goals in an Africa Cup of Nations game since Côte d'Ivoire in 1970. The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1970||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1974||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||6||5|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1965||Did not qualify|
|1972||Did not qualify|
|1978||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
|2025||Qualified as host|
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Guinea national under-23 football team|
Results and fixturesEdit
|9 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Guinea||1–0||Central African Republic||Conakry, Guinea|
|16:30 GMT||Soumah 73'||Report||Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|12 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Guinea||2–0||Rwanda||Conakry, Guinea|
|16:30 GMT||Report||Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre|
Referee: Wisdom Chewe (Zambia)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Rwanda||1–1||Guinea||Kigali, Rwanda|
|15:30 CAT||Tuyisenge 78'||Report||Kanté 32'||Stadium: Stade Régional Nyamirambo|
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|18 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Guinea||1–1||Ivory Coast||Conakry, Guinea|
|17:00 GMT||Yattara 11'||Report||Seri 21'||Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre|
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|Head Coach||Paul Put|
|Technical Director||Sadio Nansoko|
|Assistant Coach||Thierry Pister|
|Assistant Coach II||Fabert Camara|
|Assistant Coach III||Koivogui Koly|
|Physical Trainer||De Mayer Fréderic|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Frix Nicolas Robert|
|Team Doctor||Volcke Pieter Geert|
|Physiotherapist||Fumière Kristof Charles|
|Physiotherapist II||Bracke Frederick Raymond|
|Intendant||Ousmane Decazi Camara|
|Team Coordinator||Kaba Diawara|
|Security Officer||Jean Paul Camara|
|Media Officer||Ibrahima Dbeck Diallo|
The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Ivory Coast on 18 November 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2018, after the game against Ivory Coast.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Naby Yattara||12 January 1984||60||0||Excelsior|
|16||GK||Aly Keita||8 December 1986||3||0||Östersund|
|22||GK||Ibrahim Koné||5 December 1989||1||0||Pau|
|3||DF||Issiaga Sylla||1 January 1994||42||1||Toulouse|
|4||DF||Ibrahima Conté||3 April 1996||8||0||Lorient|
|5||DF||Ernest Seka||22 June 1987||4||0||Nancy|
|9||DF||Simon Falette||19 February 1992||1||0||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|13||DF||Mohamed Aly Camara||28 August 1997||1||0||Young Boys|
|14||DF||Ousmane Sidibé||23 April 1985||6||0||Béziers|
|20||DF||Baissama Sankoh||20 March 1992||17||0||Caen|
|23||DF||Fodé Camara||17 August 1988||39||0||Ajaccio|
|6||MF||Amadou Diawara||17 July 1997||3||0||Napoli|
|7||MF||Mady Camara||28 February 1997||3||0||Olympiacos|
|11||MF||Ibrahima Cissé||28 February 1994||2||1||Fulham|
|12||MF||Alkhaly Bangoura||8 January 1996||10||1||Al-Qadisiyah|
|15||MF||Naby Keïta (Captain)||10 February 1995||32||5||Liverpool|
|17||MF||Boubacar Fofana||6 November 1989||18||0||Gaz Metan Mediaș|
|MF||Ibrahima Traoré INJ||21 April 1988||44||8||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|2||FW||Mohamed Yattara||28 July 1993||29||10||Auxerre|
|8||FW||Karamoko Cissé||14 November 1988||19||3||Carpi|
|10||FW||François Kamano||2 May 1996||25||5||Bordeaux|
|18||FW||Hadji Barry||8 December 1992||1||0||Ironi Kiryat Shmona|
|19||FW||Lass Bangoura||30 March 1992||35||4||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|21||FW||Sory Kaba||10 April 1995||4||0||Elche|
The following players have been called up for Guinea in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Abdoulaye Sylla||2 February 1995||5||0||Hafia||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|GK||Moussa Traoré||5 August 1995||1||0||Mirandés B||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|DF||Sékou Condé||9 June 1993||12||0||Chateauroux||v. Central African Republic, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Pa Konate||25 April 1994||0||0||SPAL||v. Central African Republic, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Florentin Pogba||19 August 1990||21||0||Atlanta United||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|DF||Losseni Keita||1 April 1984||0||0||Wiltz 71||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Paye Camara||20 December 1995||1||0||Horoya||v. Central African Republic, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Sadio Diallo||28 December 1990||36||8||Hatayspor||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Kévin Constant||15 May 1987||28||5||Tractor Sazi||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|MF||Ibrahima Sory Sankhon||1 January 1996||27||6||Horoya||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
|FW||Seydouba Soumah||11 June 1991||29||8||Maccabi Haifa||v. Rwanda, October 2018|
|FW||José Kanté SUS||27 September 1990||6||1||Legia Warszawa||v. Rwanda, October 2018|
|FW||Idrissa Sylla||3 December 1990||26||5||Queens Park Rangers||v. Central African Republic, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Bengali-Fodé Koita||21 October 1990||0||0||Kasımpaşa||v. Mauritania, 24 March 2018|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 31 January 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Guinea.
- Petre Moldoveanu (1975–1977)
- Serge Devèze (1992–1993)
- Boro Primorac (1994)
- Mykhaylo Fomenko (1994)
- Volodymyr Muntyan (1995–1998)
- Henri Stambouli (1998–99)
- Bruno Metsu (2000)
- Bernard Simondi (2000–01)
- Michel Dussuyer (2002–2004)
- Patrice Neveu (2004–06)
- Robert Nouzaret (2006–09)
- Titi Camara (2009)
- Mamadi Souaré (2009–10)
- Michel Dussuyer (2010–15)
- Luis Fernández (2015–16)
- Lappé Bangoura (2016–2018)
- Paul Put (2018–)
Last updated 14 August 2017
- Runners-up (1): 1976
Other Tournaments and CupsEdit
- Amilcar Cabral Cup
- Champions (5): 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005
- Runners-up (1): 1989
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- Petre Moldoveanu who won the CAF Champions League in 1975 with Hafia Football Club was appointed manager of Guinea and led his side to the 1976 African Cup of Nations finals.