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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).

Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Syli Nationale
(National Elephants)
AssociationGuinean Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachDidier Six
CaptainNaby Keïta
Most capsPascal Feindouno (93)
Top scorerPascal Feindouno (30)
Home stadiumStade du 28 Septembre
FIFA codeGUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 78 Decrease 4 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest123 (May 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 96 Decrease 8 (19 November 2019)[2]
Highest23 (1977)
Lowest125 (June 1996)
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
Appearances12 (first in 1970)
Best resultRunners-up, 1976

HistoryEdit

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]

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

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 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  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 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 75 35 10 30 114 97

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France
  1959 Not affiliated to CAF
  1962
  1963 Disqualified
  1965 Did not qualify
  1968
  1970 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7
  1972 Did not qualify
  1974 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
  1976 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7
  1978 Did not qualify
  1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
  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 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
  2008 Quarter-finals 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 To be determined
  2023
  2025 Qualified as host
Total Runners-up 12/32 43 12 16 15 59 63

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011
  2014
  2016 Fourth place 4th 6 1 4 1 7 7
  2018 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 5
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Fourth place 2/5 9 2 4 3 10 12

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Guinea national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PersonnelEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Didier Six
Assistant Coach   Aly Touré [15]
Assistant Coach II   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   Bruno Dacruz
Physical Trainer   Eric Cavallero

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been called up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Mali and Namibia on 14 and 17 November 2019.[18]

Caps and goals as of 15 October 2019, after the game against Chile.[19]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 32) 8 0   Östersund
1GK Moussa Camara (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Horoya
1GK Sékouba Camara Uncertain 0 0   AS Kaloum

2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 52 1   Toulouse
2DF Sory Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 27 6   Sint-Truiden
2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 26) 13 0   Chateauroux
2DF Simon Falette (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 27) 10 0   Eintracht Frankfurt
2DF Mikael Dyrestam (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 27) 6 0   Xanthi
2DF Julian Jeanvier (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 27) 4 0   Brentford
2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 25) 1 0   Sundsvall

3MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 28) 42 3   Beroe
3MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 28) 36 8   Gençlerbirliği
3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 24) 34 5   Liverpool
3MF Mady Camara (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22) 11 0   Olympiacos
3MF Kamso Mara (1994-12-24) 24 December 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Slovan Liberec
3MF Ibrahima Camara (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 20) 1 1   Moreirense

4FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 26) 37 12   Auxerre
4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 23) 34 6   Bordeaux
4FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 28) 31 8   Partizan
4FW Demba Camara (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 23) 14 3   Hapoel Tel Aviv
4FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 29) 11 1   Legia Warsaw
4FW Morlaye Sylla (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Horoya
4FW Momo Yansané (1997-07-29) 29 July 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Isloch Minsk Raion

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Guinea in the last 12 months.[20]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Elie Ouéndeno Uncertain 0 0   Hafia v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
GK Mory Yansané Uncertain 0 0   Coyah v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 35) 61 0   Excelsior 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 29) 5 0   Pau 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 29) 23 0   Atlanta United v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
DF Ousmane Kanté (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989 (age 30) 1 0   Paris v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
DF Antoine Conte (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
DF Abdoulaye Naby Camara (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 8 0   CI Kamsar v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Ibrahima Condé (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Alsény Camara (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 7 0   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Naby Camara (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Hafia v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Mohamed Bangoura (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Santoba v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Abou Mangué (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Mohamed Hady Soumah Uncertain 0 0   Santoba v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Oumar Diakité Uncertain 0 0   SAG Siguiri v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Ibrahima Sory Doumbouya Uncertain 0 0   Wakriya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
DF Ernest Seka (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 32) 10 0   Nancy 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Ousmane Sidibé (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 34) 8 0   Béziers 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Fodé Camara (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Gazélec Ajaccio 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Young Boys v.   Central African Republic, 24 March 2019
DF Ibrahima Conté (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Chamois Niortais v.   Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018 INJ

MF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 27) 21 0   Caen v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
MF Aguibou Camara (2001-05-20) 20 May 2001 (age 18) 1 0   Lille v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
MF Guy Landel (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 29) 16 2   Giresunspor v.   Chile, 15 October 2019 DEC [21]
MF Amadou Diawara (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 22) 10 0   Napoli v.   Chile, 15 October 2019 INJ [22]
MF Jean Mousté (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 25) 13 0   Hafia v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Paye Camara (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 23) 3 0   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Mohamed Latige Camara Uncertain 0 0   Fello Star v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Sankoumba Sylla Uncertain 0 0   Fello Star v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Mory Kanté Uncertain 0 0   SAG Siguiri v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Michel Millimono Uncertain 0 0   CI Kamsar v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Lansana Sako Uncertain 0 0   CI Kamsar v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Ibrahima Sory Camara Uncertain 0 0   Santoba v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 30) 20 0   Gaz Metan Mediaș 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Ibrahima Cissé (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 25) 9 1   Fulham 2019 Africa Cup of Nations 
MF Alkhaly Bangoura (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 23) 10 1   Al-Fateh v.   Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018

FW Lass Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 27) 39 4   Vancouver Whitecaps v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 24) 13 2   Midtjylland v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
FW Jules Keita (1998-07-20) 20 July 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Lens v.   Chile, 15 October 2019
FW Daouda Camara (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 22) 17 0   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Agogo Camara (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 24) 10 2   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Boniface Haba (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 23) 6 0   Horoya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Victor Kantabadouno (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Wakriya v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Ousmane Camara (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Santoba v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Ousmane Bangoura Uncertain 0 0   Santoba v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Karifa Keita Uncertain 0 0   ASFAG v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Aboubacar Keira Uncertain 0 0   Hafia v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Mamadouba Bangoura Uncertain 0 0   AS Kaloum v.   Senegal, 20 September 2019
FW Ibrahima Traoré (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 31) 51 8   Mönchengladbach 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 28) 28 5   Queens Park Rangers 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Bengali-Fodé Koita (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 29) 4 0   Kasımpaşa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Hadji Barry (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 2 0   Ottawa Fury v.   Central African Republic, 24 March 2019
FW Karamoko Cissé (1988-11-14) 14 November 1988 (age 31) 19 3   Carpi v.   Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 DEC

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.

RecordsEdit

As of 15 October 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Guinea.

CoachesEdit

Team honoursEdit

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournamentsEdit

Runners-up (1):   1976

Other Tournaments and CupsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  3. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Guinea – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Guinea – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  6. ^ "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Guinea 2–3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Quarter-finals: Civ 5–0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1–1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  15. ^ https://guineefoot.info/syli-premiere-reaction-daly-toure-nouveau-team-manager/
  16. ^ https://guineefoot.info/syli-kaba-diawa-mandjou-diallo-et-kemoko-font-leur-entree-dans-le-staff/
  17. ^ https://guineefoot.info/nouveau-staff-du-syli-2-membres-contestes-par-le-ministere/
  18. ^ "Syli : première de Morlaye et Sékouba Camara, Sadio Diallo de retour (liste)" (in French). Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Guinea Team 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  20. ^ "Elim.CHAN 2020 : les 28 joueurs présélectionnés par Lappé Bangoura" (in French). Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  21. ^ https://guineefoot.info/22809-2/
  22. ^ https://guineefoot.info/syli-sankhon-et-diawara-aussi-blesses-landel-appele/
  23. ^ "Pascal Feindouno, le Zidane noir pour Piquionne". Guineefoot. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  24. ^ 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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