Sierra Leone national football team(Redirected from Leone Stars)
The Sierra Leone national football team represents Sierra Leone in international football and is controlled by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA). The team is affiliated to the West African Football Union of CAF and they have never qualified for the World Cup.
|Association||Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||John Keister|
|Most caps||Umaru Bangura (43)|
|Home stadium||Freetown National Stadium|
|Current||115 1 (25 October 2018)|
|Highest||50 (August 2014)|
|Lowest||172 (September 2007)|
|Current||118 7 (13 November 2018)|
|Highest||59 (15 January 1996)|
|Lowest||156 (7 June 2008)|
| Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria |
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 10 August 1949)
| Sierra Leone 5–1 Niger |
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 7 March 1976)
Sierra Leone 5–1 Niger
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 3 June 1995)
Sierra Leone 4–0 São Tomé and Príncipe (Freetown, Sierra Leone; 22 April 2000)
| Mali 6–0 Sierra Leone |
(Bamako, Mali; 17 June 2007)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1994 and 1996|
Sierra Leone's first match was at home on 10 August 1949 against another British colony, Nigeria, and was lost 2–0. In 1954 they played another British colony and British administered U.N trust territory, Gold Coast and Trans-Volta Togoland (now Ghana), and lost 2–0 away. On 22 April 1961 they again hosted Nigeria and lost 4–2. On 12 November 1966, they hosted Liberia in their first match against a non-British colony and earned their first draw, 1–1. A week later, they lost 2–0 in Liberia. On 13 January 1971, Sierra Leone played their first match against a non-African team, West Germany's B-team. The match in Sierra Leone was won 1–0 by the Germans. Sierra Leone's first match outside Africa was also their first against an Asian nation, China. They lost 4–1 in China on 5 April 1974.
2014 Ebola OutbreakEdit
In August 2014, the Sierra Leone FA cancelled all football matches in an effort to stop the spread of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone, a week after the Liberian FA did the same. Sierra Leonean players playing outside Sierra Leone, such as Michael Lahoud playing in the United States, were discriminated against, with opposition players refusing to swap shirts, shake hands and allow them to certain places of the stadium just because they fear that they could be carrying the disease. The Sierra Leonean national team isn't allowed to play home games and all players must be foreign based. In 2016 Sierra Leone entered the Grecian Shield at Exeter university on Sunday 13 March.
Sierra Leone Football AchievementsEdit
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 2 Times Champion (1993, 1995)
- 2 Times Runners-up
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1970||Did not enter|
|1974 to 1986||Did not qualify|
|1990||Did not enter|
|1998 to 2018||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA||Squad|
|1957 to 1968||Did not enter|
|1972||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2000||Disqualified due to civil war|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2019||To be determined|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|15 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Sierra Leone||1–1||Senegal||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Manuel Timas (Cape Verde)
|22 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Senegal||3–1|
|Sierra Leone||Dakar, Senegal|
||Stadium: Stade Al Djigo|
Referee: Gilberto dos Santos (Guinea-Bissau)
|11 September 2017 2017 WAFU Nations Cup 1st round||Nigeria||2–0||Sierra Leone||Cape Coast, Ghana|
|18:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: Cape Coast Sports Stadium|
Referee: Yanissou Bebou (Togo)
|17 March 2018 Friendly||Iran||4–0||Sierra Leone||Tehran, Iran|
|15:30 IRST||Khanzadeh 14'
Gholizadeh 16', 47'
|Report||Stadium: Azadi Stadium|
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
|9 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Ethiopia||1–0||Sierra Leone||Awasa, Ethiopia|
|16:00 EAT||Getaneh 35' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Hawassa International Stadium|
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
|11 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Ghana||v||Sierra Leone||Kumasi, Ghana|
|16:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: Baba Yara Stadium|
Referee: Norman Matemera (Zimbabwe)
|15 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Sierra Leone||v||Ghana||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)
The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Ghana on 11 & 15 October 2018. Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2018 after the game against Kenya.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Solomon Morris||16 June 1990||19||0||Dieppe|
|16||GK||Alhaji Sesay||9 October 1998||0||0||Bristol City|
|17||DF||Umaru Bangura (captain)||7 October 1987||43||4||Zürich|
|18||DF||David Simbo||28 September 1989||18||0||Free agent|
|21||DF||Osman Kakay||25 August 1997||1||0||Queens Park Rangers|
|5||DF||Alie Sesay||2 August 1994||4||0||Chania|
|12||MF||Julius Wobay||19 May 1984||18||1||Free agent|
|4||MF||Medo Kamara||16 November 1987||28||1||Kuwait SC|
|13||MF||Alfred Sankoh||22 October 1988||13||0||Al-Jabalain|
|6||MF||John Kamara||12 May 1988||10||1||Kaisar|
|7||MF||George Davies (footballer, born 1996)||16 November 1996||10||0||Riga|
|10||FW||Kei Kamara||1 September 1984||27||4||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|9||FW||Alhassan Kamara||13 January 1993||15||4||Panetolikos|
|19||FW||Mustapha Bundu||28 February 1997||0||0||Aarhus|
|3||FW||Mohamed Buya Turay||10 January 1995||0||0||Sint-Truiden|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
- 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.
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- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
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- "Sierra Leone suspends football matches as Ebola virus spreads". The Independent. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
- "Ebola affecting Sierra Leone team - Michael Lahoud". BBC Sport. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2018-06-01.