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Sierra Leone national football team

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.

Sierra Leone
Nickname(s)Leone Stars
AssociationSierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachJohn Keister
CaptainUmaru Bangura
Most capsUmaru Bangura (43)
Home stadiumFreetown National Stadium
FIFA codeSLE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 115 Decrease 1 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest50 (August 2014)
Lowest172 (September 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 116 Decrease 1 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest59 (15 January 1996)
Lowest156 (7 June 2008)
First international
Flag of Sierra Leone 1916-1961.gif Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 10 August 1949)[3]
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 Mali 6–0 Sierra Leone 
(Bamako, Mali; 17 June 2007)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1994)
Best resultGroup stage, 1994 and 1996

Contents

HistoryEdit

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] The Sierra Leonean national team isn't allowed to play home games and all players must be foreign based.[7] 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 FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 3
  1978 4 1 1 2 8 9
  1982 2 0 1 1 3 5
  1986 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Withdrew Withdrew
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 2
   2002 10 2 1 7 6 17
  2006 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2010 8 3 2 3 5 8
  2014 6 2 2 2 10 10
  2018 2 1 0 1 2 2
  2022 To be determined
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/21 40 9 8 23 35 63

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
  1970 Withdrew
  1972 Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify
  1976 Did not enter
  1978 Did not qualify
  1980 Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984
  1986 Withdrew
  1988 Did not qualify
  1990 Withdrew
  1992 Did not qualify
  1994 Round 1 13th 2 0 1 1 1 3 Squad
  1996 Round 1 15th 3 1 0 2 2 7 Squad
  1998 Withdrew
    2000 Disqualified due to civil war
  2002 Did not qualify
  2004
  2006
  2008
  2010
    2012
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
  2021 To be determined
  2023
Total First Round 2/31 5 1 1 3 3 10

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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 1GK Solomon Morris (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 28) 19 0   Dieppe
16 1GK Alhaji Sesay (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Bristol City

17 2DF Umaru Bangura (captain) (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 31) 43 4   Zürich
18 2DF David Simbo (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 29) 18 0 Free agent
21 2DF Osman Kakay (1997-08-25) 25 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Queens Park Rangers
5 2DF Alie Sesay (1994-08-02) 2 August 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Chania

12 3MF Julius Wobay (1984-05-19) 19 May 1984 (age 34) 18 1 Free agent
4 3MF Medo Kamara (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 31) 28 1   Kuwait SC
13 3MF Alfred Sankoh (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 30) 13 0   Al-Jabalain
6 3MF John Kamara (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 31) 10 1   Kaisar
7 3MF George Davies (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 22) 10 0   Riga

10 4FW Kei Kamara (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 34) 27 4   Colorado Rapids
9 4FW Alhassan Kamara (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 26) 15 4   Panetolikos
19 4FW Mustapha Bundu (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Aarhus
3 4FW Mohamed Buya Turay (1995-01-10) 10 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Sint-Truiden
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Courtney, Barrie (15 August 2006). "Sierra Leone – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Sierra Leone - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Sierra Leone suspends football matches as Ebola virus spreads". The Independent. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Ebola affecting Sierra Leone team - Michael Lahoud". BBC Sport. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVjOz-NZZdw&t=4m26s

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