Sierra Leone national football team
|Association||Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||John Ajina Sesay|
|Home stadium||National Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||87 1 (12 March 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||50 (August 2014)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||172 (September 2007)|
|Highest Elo ranking||59 (15 January 1996)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||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 & 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||Round 1, 1994, 1996|
The Sierra Leone national football team is the national team of the Republic of Sierra Leone was 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'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, the Gold Coast (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 of Africa was also their first against an Asian nation, China. They lost 4–1 in China on 5 April 1974.
2014 Ebola Outbreak
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 of 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.
Sierra Leone Football Achievements
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 2 Times Champion (1993, 1995)
- 2 Times Runners-up
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1970 – Did not enter
- 1974 to 1986 – Did not qualify
- 1990 – Did not enter
- 1994 – Withdrew
- 1998 to 2014 – Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 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 – Did not qualify
- 1986 – Withdrew
- 1988 – Did not qualify
- 1990 – Withdrew
- 1992 – Did not qualify
- 1994 – Round 1
- 1996 – Round 1
- 1998 – Withdrew
- 2000 – Disqualified due to civil war
- 2002 to 2013 – Did not qualify
- 2015 – Did not qualify
Team schedule and results
| Swaziland v Sierra Leone2015 Africa Cup of
Nations qualificiation 18 May 2014
|Swaziland||1–1||Sierra Leone||Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba|
|15:00||Shongwe 55'||Report||Sesay-Fullah 1'||Referee: Sebit Rassas Librato (South Sudan)
| Sierra Leone v Swaziland2015 Africa Cup of
Nations qualificiation 31 May 2014
|Sierra Leone||1–0||Swaziland||National Stadium, Freetown|
|16:30||U. Bangura 80' (pen.)||Report||Referee: Mohamed Ragab Omar (Libya)
| Sierra Leone v Seychelles2015 Africa Cup of
Nations qualificiation 19 July 2014
|Sierra Leone||2–0||Seychelles||National Stadium, Freetown|
U. Bangura 72' (pen.)
|Report||Referee: Bienvenu Sinko (Ivory Coast)
| Seychelles v Sierra Leone2015 Africa Cup of
Nations qualificiation 2 August 2014
|Seychelles||w/o||Sierra Leone||Stade Linité, Victoria|
|20:30||Referee: Wiish Yabarow (Somalia)
Tunisia v Sierra Leone
23 March 2013
|Report||A. Kamara 74'|
Sierra Leone v Tunisia
8 June 2013
|K. Kamara 39'
A. Kamara 72'
|Report||Darragi 55' (pen.)
Ben Youssef 90'
Cape Verde v Sierra Leone
15 June 2013
|Cape Verde||1–0||Sierra Leone|
Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea
7 September 2013
|Sierra Leone||3–2||Equatorial Guinea|
|H. Bangura 21'
Kargbo 40' (pen.)
A. Kamara 70'
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2014
- "World Football Elo Ratings: Africa". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Courtney, Barrie (15 August 2006). "Sierra Leone – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
- Sierra Leone Callup Leicester's Sesay
- Kamara pulls out of Sierra Leone squad ahead of Afcon matches
- "Leone Stars squad to face Swaziland". Sierra Leone Football. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Sierra Leone coach McKinstry calls up Chelsea youngsters". Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Leone Stars name mainly home-based squad to battle Angola". Sierra Leone Football. Retrieved 3 June 2012.