Guinea national football team

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).

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 (85)
Top scorerIbrahima Kandia Diallo (33)
Home stadiumStade du 28 Septembre Stade Général Lansana Conté
FIFA codeGUI
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 76 Steady (16 September 2021)[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
Appearances13 (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]

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.

2021Edit

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2021 AFCONQ Guinea   1–0   Mali Conakry, Guinea
16:00 UTC±0
Report Stadium: General Lansana Conté Stadium
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2021 AFCONQ Namibia   2–1   Guinea Windhoek, Namibia
15:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Sam Nujoma Stadium
Referee: Norman Matemera (Zimbabwe)
31 May Friendly Turkey   0–0   Guinea Antalya, Turkey
20:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Antalya Stadium
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
5 June Friendly Togo   2–0   Guinea Manavgat, Turkey
20:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex
Attendance: 0
Referee: Yaşar Kemal Uğurlu (Turkey)
8 June Friendly Kosovo   1–2   Guinea Manavgat, Turkey
16:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sarper Barış Saka (Turkey)
11 June Friendly Guinea   2–1   Niger Manavgat, Turkey
17:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Arslan Zeki Demirci Sports Complex
Attendance: 0
1 September 2022 World Cup qualification - Group I Guinea-Bissau   1–1   Guinea Nouakchott, Mauritania
Mendes   51' Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique
6 October 2021 (2021-10-06) 2022 World Cup qualification - Group I Sudan   1–1   Guinea Marrakech, Morocco
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade de Marrakech
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09) 2022 World Cup qualification - Group I Guinea   2–2   Sudan Agadir, Morocco
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade Adrar
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
12 October 2021 2022 FWC Q Guinea   1–4   Morocco Agadir, Morocco
20:00 (UTC+1)
Report
Stadium: Stade Adrar
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
Note: The match was originally scheduled on 6 September 2021, 16:00 UTC+0, but was postponed due to security concerns following the 2021 Guinean coup d'état.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Didier Six
Assistant Coach   Kaba Diawara[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

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Mohamed Camara (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 21) 0 0   AS Kaloum
16 1GK Moussa Camara (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 22) 18 0   Horoya
1 1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 34) 15 0   Östersund

13 2DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 24) 9 0   Young Boys
14 2DF Abdoulaye Cissé (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 26) 18 1   Kocaelispor
2DF Ibrahima Conté (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 25) 12 0   Niort
17 2DF Simon Falette (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 29) 16 0   Hatayspor
18 2DF Ousmane Kanté (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989 (age 32) 6 0   Paris FC
20 2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 27) 5 0   Botev Plovdiv
4 2DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 31) 30 0   Sochaux
5 2DF Saïdou Sow (2002-07-04) 4 July 2002 (age 19) 5 0   Saint-Étienne
21 2DF Abdoulaye Sylla (2000-04-10) 10 April 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Nantes
3 2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 27) 57 2   Toulouse FC
2DF Mohamed Kalil Traoré (2000-07-09) 9 July 2000 (age 21) 6 0   Hapoel Tel Aviv

8 3MF Aguibou Camara (2001-05-20) 20 May 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Olympiacos
3MF Ibrahima Camará (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 22) 5 1   Moreirense
15 3MF Mady Camara (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 24) 20 1   Olympiacos
18 3MF Ibrahima Cissé (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 27) 10 1   Seraing
12 3MF Ibrahima Sory Conté (Captain) (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 30) 48 3   Bnei Sakhnin
6 3MF Amadou Diawara (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 24) 15 0   Roma
19 3MF Mamadou Kané (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 24) 6 1   Neftçi
3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 26) 43 8   Liverpool
2 3MF Morlaye Sylla (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 23) 14 3   Horoya

11 4FW Mohamed Bayo (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 23) 4 2   Clermont
4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 25) 38 7   Lokomotiv Moscow
9 4FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 31) 16 4   Kairat
23 4FW Ahmad Mendes Moreira (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 26) 4 0   PAS Giannina
10 4FW Momo Yansané (1997-07-29) 29 July 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Sheriff Tiraspol

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 31) 5 0   Żejtun Corinthians v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
GK Bangaly Sylla 0 0   Saint-Étienne v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021

DF Abdoulaye Naby Camara (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 27) 12 0   CI Kamsar v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Mohamed Bangoura (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 25) 9 0   CI Kamsar v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Naby Camara (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 25) 9 0   Hafia v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Alsény Camara (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Horoya v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Ibrahima Sory Doumbouya (1996-03-25) 25 March 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Horoya v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Bangali Cissé 0 0   SOAR v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Djibril Katy Sylla 0 0   SOAR v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
DF Ibrahima Sory Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 25) 27 6   Sint-Truiden v.   Mali, 24 March 2021 COVID
DF Baïssama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 29) 23 0   Nea Salamina v.   Chad, 15 November 2020
DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 28) 16 1 Free agent v.   Chad, 15 November 2020
DF Antoine Conte (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 27) 1 0   Beitar Jerusalem v.   Chad, 15 November 2020

MF Kamso Mara (1994-12-24) 24 December 1994 (age 26) 11 0   Slovan Liberec v.   Niger, 11 June 2021
MF Ilaix Moriba (2003-01-19) 19 January 2003 (age 18) 0 0   RB Leipzig v.   Mali, 1 June 2020 COVID
MF Ismaël Camara (2000-11-11) 11 November 2000 (age 20) 7 0   Wakriya v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
MF Mohamed Coumbassa (1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 26) 6 0   Horoya v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
MF Alpha Oumar Sow (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 24) 6 0   Ashanti GB v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021

FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 30) 34 9   Kuwait SC v.   Guinea-Bissau, 1 September 2021
FW Moustapha Kouyaté (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 27) 5 1   Raja Casblanca v.   Guinea-Bissau, 1 September 2021
FW Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 26) 20 3   MAS Fès v.   Niger, 11 June 2021
FW Yakhouba Gnagna Barry (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 23) 9 3   Horoya v.   Niger, 11 June 2021
FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 26) 15 3   OH Leuven v.   Turkey, 31 May 2021
FW Yady Bangoura (1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 (age 25) 3 1   RWDM47 v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
FW Elhadj Abdourahamane Bah (2001-08-22) 22 August 2001 (age 20) 1 0   CI Kamsar v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
FW Morifing Donzo 0 0   SOAR v.   Namibia, 28 March 2021
FW Daouda Camara (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 24) 18 0   Horoya v.   Chad, 15 November 2020
FW Boniface Haba (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 25) 8 0   Horoya v.   Chad, 15 November 2020
FW Moussa Diawara (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 27) 4 0   National Bank of Egypt v.   Chad, 15 November 2020

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 12 October 2021[20]
Players in bold are still active with Guinea.

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 Part of   France Part of   France
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  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 4 0 3 1 5 8
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 79 35 13 31 119 105

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 Qualified
  2023 To be determined
  2025 Qualified as hosts
Total Runners-up 13/33 43 12 16 15 59 63

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 3
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 Third place 3rd 6 3 3 0 9 3
  2022 To be determined
Total Third place 3/6 15 5 7 3 19 15

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

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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