The Guinea national football team (French: Équipe de football du Guinée) represents Guinea in men's international football and it is controlled by the Guinean Football Federation. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, and their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was runners-up in 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in four recent tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2015). The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
|Nickname(s)||Syli National |
|Association||Guinean Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Kaba Diawara|
|Most caps||Pascal Feindouno (85)|
|Top scorer||Ibrahima Kandia Diallo (33)|
|Home stadium||Stade du 28 Septembre |
Stade Général Lansana Conté
|Current||79 4 (6 April 2023)|
|Highest||22 (August 2006, January 2007)|
|Lowest||123 (May 2003)|
| 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||13 (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.
During the 1976 African Cup of Nations the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.
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. 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.
On 4 January 2016, CAF lifted a ban on Guinea playing their home international in Guinea after it was declared free of Ebola by the U.N. World Health Organization in December 2015.
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|5 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Egypt||1–0||Guinea||Cairo, Egypt|
||Report||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
|9 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Guinea||1–0||Malawi||Conakry, Guinea|
||Report||Stadium: General Lansana Conté Stadium|
Referee: Lamin Jammeh (Gambia)
|23 September Friendly||Algeria||1–0||Guinea||Bir El Djir, Oran, Algeria|
||Stadium: Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Beida Dahane (Mauritania)
|27 September Friendly||Ivory Coast||3–1||Guinea||Amiens, France|
||Stadium: Stade de la Licorne|
Referee: Thomas Léonard (France)
|24 March 2023 AFCON qualification||Guinea||2–0||Ethiopia||Casablanca, Morocco|
|20:30 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Stade Mohammed V|
Referee: Djindo Louis Houngnandande (Benin)
|27 March 2023 AFCON qualification||Ethiopia||2–3||Guinea||Rabat, Morocco|
||Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium|
Referee: Alhadi Allaou Mahamat (Chad)
|14 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Guinea||v||Egypt||Marrakesh, Morocco|
|TBD UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Marrakesh Stadium|
|3 September 2023 AFCON qualification||Malawi||v||Guinea||Lilongwe, Malawi|
|--:-- UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Bingu National Stadium|
|Head Coach||Kaba Diawara|
|Assistant Coach||Mandjou Diallo|
|Team Coordinator||Ousmane Decazi Camara|
|Technical Director||Sadio Nansoko|
|Physiotherapist II||Alsény Sylla|
|Media Officer||Ibrahima Dbeck Diallo|
|Security Officer||Jean Paul Camara|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Kémoko Camara|
|Intendant||Edgar Babara Sylla|
|Team Docter||Tasfir Soumah|
|Team Docter II||Amadou Sy|
|Physical Trainer||Modou Konaté|
- Petre Moldoveanu (1975–77)
- Serge Devèze (1992–93)
- Boro Primorac (1994)
- Mykhaylo Fomenko (1994)
- Volodymyr Muntyan (1995–98)
- Henri Stambouli (1998–99)
- Bruno Metsu (2000)
- Bernard Simondi (2000–01)
- Michel Dussuyer (2002–04)
- 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 (2016–18)
- Paul Put (2018–19)
- Didier Six (2019–2021)
- Kaba Diawara (2021–)
The following players were called up for the 2023 AFCON qualification matches against Ethiopia on 24 and 27 March 2023.
Caps and goals are correct as of 27 March 2023 after the match against Ethiopia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Aly Keita||8 December 1986||24||0||Östersund|
|16||GK||Moussa Camara||27 November 1998||20||0||Horoya|
|22||GK||Ibrahim Koné||5 December 1989||13||0||Hibernians|
|3||DF||Issiaga Sylla||1 January 1994||72||3||Toulouse|
|4||DF||Ibrahima Sory Conté||3 April 1996||21||0||Chamois Niortais|
|17||DF||Ousmane Kanté||21 September 1989||12||0||Paris FC|
|21||DF||Saïdou Sow||4 July 2002||12||0||Saint-Étienne|
|12||DF||Pa Konate||25 April 1994||8||0||Botev Plovdiv|
|2||DF||Antoine Conte||29 January 1994||7||0||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|5||DF||Mouctar Diakhaby||19 December 1996||6||1||Valencia|
|23||DF||Dembo Sylla||10 November 2002||1||0||Laval|
|DF||Ibrahim Diakité||31 August 2003||1||0||Reims|
|8||MF||Naby Keïta (captain)||10 February 1995||52||12||Liverpool|
|6||MF||Amadou Diawara||17 July 1997||30||0||Anderlecht|
|14||MF||Morlaye Sylla||23 July 1998||23||3||Arouca|
|10||MF||Ilaix Moriba||19 January 2003||12||1||Valencia|
|20||MF||Mory Konaté||15 November 1993||7||0||Sint-Truiden|
|15||MF||Seydouba Cissé||10 February 2001||5||0||Leganés|
|19||FW||François Kamano||2 May 1996||41||8||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|11||FW||Mohamed Bayo||4 June 1998||15||4||Lille|
|7||FW||Morgan Guilavogui||10 March 1998||9||1||Paris FC|
|18||FW||Thierno Barry||12 January 2000||6||0||Logroñés|
|9||FW||Serhou Guirassy||12 March 1996||5||0||Rennes|
|13||FW||Yadaly Diaby||9 August 2000||2||0||Austria Lustenau|
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||Lassana Diakhaby||1 May 2004||0||0||Valenciennes||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|GK||Bangaly Sylla||30 November 2002||0||0||Free agent||v. Malawi, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Mohamed Ali Camara||28 August 1997||19||0||Young Boys||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Sekou Sylla||9 January 1999||2||0||Cambuur||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Julian Jeanvier||31 March 1992||6||0||Auxerre||v. Malawi, 9 June 2022|
|MF||Aguibou Camara||20 May 2001||17||1||Atromitos||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Cheick Condé||26 July 2000||3||0||Zürich||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Ibrahima Cissé||28 February 1994||19||1||Ural Yekaterinburg||v. Malawi, 9 June 2022|
|FW||Bafodé Dansoko||28 December 1995||4||0||Deinze||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Momo Cissé||17 October 2002||0||0||Wisła Kraków||v. Ivory Coast, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Mamadou Kané||22 January 1997||17||2||Pafos||v. Malawi, 9 June 2022|
|FW||Yakhouba Gnagna Barry||17 April 1998||13||3||Horoya||v. Malawi, 9 June 2022|
- As of 27 March 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Guinea.
|2||Ousmane N'Gom Camara||73||2||1992–2005|
|1||Ibrahima Kandia Diallo||33||56||0.59||1960–1973|
|4||Mamadou Aliou Keïta||22||31||0.71||1970–1981|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Part of France||Part of France|
|1962||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1970||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1974||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||6||5|
|2006||Did not qualify||12||7||2||3||20||13|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of France|
|1959||Not affiliated to CAF|
|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|
|2019||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||4||6|
|2023||To be determined|
African Nations ChampionshipEdit
|African Nations Championship record|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2022||Did not qualify|
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Guinea national under-23 football team|
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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- ^ "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ^ "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ^ "Guinea 2–3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ^ "Quarter-finals: Civ 5–0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ^ "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ^ "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1–1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ^ "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- ^ "Syli : Première réaction d'Aly Touré, nommé Team Manager". 4 October 2019.
- ^ "Syli: Kaba Diawara, Mandjou Diallo et Kemoko font leur entrée dans le staff". 19 September 2019.
- ^ "Nouveau staff du Syli : 2 membres contestés par le ministère". 24 September 2019.
- ^ 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.
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