Guinea national football team

The Guinea national football team (French: Équipe de football de 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).

Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Syli National
(National Elephants)
AssociationGuinean Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachKaba Diawara
CaptainNaby Keïta
Most capsPascal Feindouno (85)
Top scorerIbrahima Kandia Diallo (33)
Home stadiumStade du 28 Septembre
Stade Général Lansana Conté
FIFA codeGUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 77 Decrease 1 (20 June 2024)[1]
Highest22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest123 (May 2003)
First international
 Togo 2–1 Guinea 
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
Biggest win
 Guinea 14–0 Mauritania 
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Zaire 6–0 Guinea 
(Zaire; 2 July 1972)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances14 (first in 1970)
Best resultRunners-up (1976)

History

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Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo.[3] 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.[4]

During the 1976 African Cup of Nations the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[5][6]

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.[7] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[8] 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.[9] Guinea reached the quarter-final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[13]

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.[14]

Kit provider

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Kit provider Period
  Airness 2014–2016
  Sindio 2017
  Macron 2018–2020
  Masita 2021–2022
  Puma 2022–present

Results and fixtures

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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

2023

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9 September 2023 AFCON qualification Malawi   2–2   Guinea Lilongwe, Malawi
15:00 UTC+2
  • Saizi   23'
  • Chaziya   88'
Report
Stadium: Bingu National Stadium
Referee: Clement Franklin Kpan (Ivory Coast)
13 October Friendly Guinea   1–0   Guinea-Bissau TBD, Portugal
Report Stadium: TBD
17 October Friendly Guinea   1–1   Gabon TBD, Portugal
Report Stadium: TBD
17 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Guinea   2–1   Uganda Berkane, Morocco
14:00 UTC+1
Report Bayo   30' Stadium: Stade Municipal de Berkane
Attendance: 250
Referee: Messie Jessie Oved Nkounkou Mvoutou (Congo)
21 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Botswana   1–0   Guinea Francistown, Botswana
15:00 UTC+2 Seakanyeng   79' Report Stadium: Obed Itani Chilume Stadium
Referee: Patrice Tanguy Mebiame (Gabon)

2024

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8 January Friendly Guinea   2–0   Nigeria Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
16:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Baniyas Stadium
15 January 2023 AFCON GS Cameroon   1–1   Guinea Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
17:00 Magri   51' Report Bayo   10' Stadium: Charles Konan Banny Stadium
Attendance: 11,271
Referee: Mutaz Ibrahim (Libya)
19 January 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Guinea   1–0   Gambia Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
20:00 UTC±0
Report Stadium: Charles Konan Banny Stadium
Attendance: 19,822
Referee: Abdel Aziz Bouh (Mauritania)
23 January 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Guinea   0–2   Senegal Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
17:00 UTC±0 Report
Stadium: Charles Konan Banny Stadium
Attendance: 15,753
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
28 January 2023 AFCON R16 Equatorial Guinea   0–1   Guinea Abidjan, Ivory Coast
17:00 Report
Stadium: Alassane Ouattara Stadium
Attendance: 36,340
Referee: Omar Abdulkadir Artan (Somalia)
2 February 2023 AFCON QF DR Congo   3–1   Guinea Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Report
Stadium: Alassane Ouattara Stadium
Attendance: 33,278
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
21 March 2024 FIFA Series Guinea   6–0   Vanuatu Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
22:00 SAST (UTC+3)
Report Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Referee: Ahmed Al Ali (Jordan)
25 March 2024 FIFA Series Guinea   5–1   Bermuda Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
22:00 UTC+3
Report Bean   15' Stadium: King Abdullah Sports City
Referee: Sami Ahmed Al-Jurays (Saudi Arabia)
6 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Algeria   1–2   Guinea Algiers, Algeria
20:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Nelson Mandela Stadium
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
10 June 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification Guinea   0–1   Mozambique El Jadida, Morocco
20:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Ben M'Hamed El Abdi Stadium
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)

Coaching staff

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Position Name
Head Coach   Kaba Diawara[15]
Assistant Coach   Mandjou Diallo[16]
Team Coordinator   Ousmane Decazi Camara[17]
Technical Director   Sadio Nansoko
Physiotherapist   Ousmane Bah
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

Coaching history

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Players

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Current squad

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The following players were called up for the friendly match against Vanuatu and Bermuda on 21 and 25 March 2024, respectively.[19]

Caps and goals are correct as of 2 February 2024, after the match against DR Congo.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 37) 24 0   Östersund
22 1GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 34) 19 0   Hibernians
1GK Lassana Diakhaby (2004-05-01) 1 May 2004 (age 20) 0 0   Valenciennes

2 2DF Antoine Conte (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 30) 11 0   Botev Plovdiv
3 2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 30) 73 3   Montpellier
5 2DF Mouctar Diakhaby (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 27) 9 1   Valencia
12 2DF Ibrahim Diakité (2003-08-31) 31 August 2003 (age 20) 3 0   Reims
13 2DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 26) 21 0   Young Boys
21 2DF Sekou Sylla (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 25) 6 0   Cambuur
2DF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 33) 55 4 Unattached
2DF Abdoulaye Sylla (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 24) 4 0   Vyškov

6 3MF Amadou Diawara (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 26) 37 0   Anderlecht
10 3MF Ilaix Moriba (2003-01-19) 19 January 2003 (age 21) 19 1   RB Leipzig
15 3MF Seydouba Cissé (2001-02-10) 10 February 2001 (age 23) 11 1   Leganés
18 3MF Aguibou Camara (2001-05-20) 20 May 2001 (age 23) 23 3   Atromitos
20 3MF Mory Konaté (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 30) 8 0   Mechelen
3MF Cheick Condé (2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 23) 3 0   Zürich

7 4FW Morgan Guilavogui (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 26) 15 2   Lens
9 4FW Serhou Guirassy (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 28) 12 3   VfB Stuttgart
11 4FW Mohamed Bayo (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 26) 18 4   Le Havre
4FW Thierno Barry (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 24) 6 0   Akritas Chlorakas
4FW Bafodé Dansoko (1995-12-29) 29 December 1995 (age 28) 4 0   Patro Eisden

Recent call-ups

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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 Moussa Camara (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 25) 21 0   Horoya 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Mory Keita (2005-07-13) 13 July 2005 (age 18) 0 0   Hafia 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

DF Dembo Sylla (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 21) 3 0   Laval 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Abdourahmane Barry (2000-02-21) 21 February 2000 (age 24) 1 0   Amiens 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mohamed Soumah (2003-03-15) 15 March 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Gent 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Madiou Keita (2004-08-29) 29 August 2004 (age 19) 0 0   Auxerre 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Naby Oularé (2002-08-06) 6 August 2002 (age 21) 0 0   Boluspor 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Ousmane Kanté (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989 (age 34) 12 0   Paris FC v.   Ethiopia, 27 March 2023
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 30) 8 0   Nea Salamis Famagusta v.   Ethiopia, 27 March 2023
DF Julian Jeanvier (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 32) 8 0   Kayserispor 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Saïdou Sow (2002-07-04) 4 July 2002 (age 21) 21 1   Strasbourg 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Mamadou Kané (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 27) 17 2   Pafos 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Yadaly Diaby (2000-08-09) 9 August 2000 (age 23) 3 0   Austria Lustenau 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Amadou Keita (2001-10-21) 21 October 2001 (age 22) 0 0   Eupen 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Sadou Diallo (1999-06-10) 10 June 1999 (age 25) 0 0   Derry City training camp, August 2023
MF Karim Cissé (2004-11-14) 14 November 2004 (age 19) 3 0   Saint-Étienne 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Abdoulaye Touré (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 30) 4 0   Le Havre 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Naby Keïta (captain) (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 29) 53 12   Werder Bremen 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Morlaye Sylla (1998-07-23) 23 July 1998 (age 25) 23 3   Arouca 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Ousmane Camara (2001-02-20) 20 February 2001 (age 23) 0 0   Auxerre 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Ibrahim Cissoko (2003-03-26) 26 March 2003 (age 21) 0 0   Toulouse 2023 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 28) 46 8   Abha 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Facinet Conte (2005-03-24) 24 March 2005 (age 19) 1 1   Bastia 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
FW José KantéRET (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 33) 28 4   Urawa Red Diamonds 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Notes
  • DEC = Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.
  • RET = Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS = Suspended from the national team.
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.

Records

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As of 10 June 2024[20]
Players in bold are still active with Guinea.

Most appearances

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Pascal Feindouno is Guinea's most capped player with 85 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Pascal Feindouno 85 30 1998–2012
2 Issiaga Sylla 82 3 2011–present
3 Ousmane N'Gom Camara 73 2 1992–2005
4 Kémoko Camara 71 0 1994–2013
5 Morlaye Soumah 69 2 1988–2004
6 Chérif Souleymane 68 20 1964–1977
7 Dianbobo Baldé 67 2 2000–2012
8 Naby Yattara 61 0 2007–2019
9 Fodé Mansaré 60 8 2002–2010
10 Naby Keïta 58 12 2012–present

Top goalscorers

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Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Ibrahima Kandia Diallo 33 56 0.59 1960–1973
2 Pascal Feindouno 30 85 0.35 1998–2012
3 Titi Camara 27 57 0.47 1991–2004
4 Mamadou Aliou Keïta 22 31 0.71 1970–1981
5 Chérif Souleymane 20 68 0.29 1964–1977
6 Souleymane Youla 19 40 0.48 1999–2009
7 Ismaël Bangoura 13 52 0.25 2006–2015
8 Petit Sory 12 36 0.33 1967–1977
Mohamed Yattara 12 38 0.32 2009–2019
Fodé Camara 12 42 0.29 1988–2002
Naby Keïta 12 58 0.21 2012–present

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

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FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1958 Part of   France Part of   France
  1962 Did not enter Declined participation
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 Did not enter Declined participation
  1974 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 5
  1978 7 5 0 2 11 7
  1982 6 2 3 1 6 4
  1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1990 2 1 0 1 3 5
  1994 6 2 0 4 8 7
  1998 8 5 0 3 15 9
    2002 Disqualified 2 1 1 0 7 4
  2006 Did not qualify 12 7 2 3 20 13
  2010 12 4 2 6 16 19
  2014 6 3 1 2 12 8
  2018 8 3 0 5 9 14
  2022 6 0 4 2 5 11
      2026 To be determined 4 2 0 2 4 4
      2030 To be determined
  2034
Total 0/16 85 37 14 34 123 112

Africa Cup of Nations

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Africa Cup of Nations record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France Part of   France
  1959 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
  1962
  1963 Disqualified Disqualified
  1965 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 6
  1968 4 2 1 1 9 6
  1970 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7 4 2 2 0 10 5
  1972 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 2 3
  1974 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 2 0 2 0 3 3
  1976 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7 4 3 1 0 11 6
  1978 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 5
  1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5 4 2 0 2 8 7
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994 Group stage 11th 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 3
    2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Disqualified
  2004 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
  2006 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
  2008 8th 4 1 1 2 5 10
  2010 Did not qualify
    2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 3
  2013 Did not qualify
  2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 6
  2017 Did not qualify
  2019 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 4 6
  2021 14th 4 1 1 2 2 3
  2023 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 4 6
  2025 To be determined
    2027
Total Runners-up 14/36 52 15 18 19 65 72

African Nations Championship

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African Nations Championship record African Nations Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 3 3
  2011 2 0 1 1 1 3
  2014 4 1 2 1 3 4
  2016 Fourth place 4th 6 1 4 1 7 7 4 2 1 1 7 5
  2018 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 5 4 3 1 0 16 4
  2020 Third place 3rd 6 3 3 0 9 3 2 1 0 1 1 1
  2022 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 1
Total Third place 3/7 15 5 7 3 19 15 20 8 7 5 32 21

African Games

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African Games record African Games qualification record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1965 Did not qualify 3 0 3 0 7 7
  1973 2 5 4 0 1 14 7 4 4 0 0 29 5
  1978 Did not qualify Withdrew
  1987
1991–present See Guinea national under-23 football team
Total 1/4 5 4 0 1 14 7 7 4 3 0 36 12

Team honours

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Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments

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Runners-up (1):   1976

Other Tournaments and Cups

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Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (5): 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005
Runners-up (1): 1989

References

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