Sierra Leone national football team

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Sierra Leone
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Leone Stars
Association Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach John Ajina Sesay
Captain Kei Kamara
Home stadium National Stadium
FIFA code SLE
FIFA ranking 77 Decrease 2 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (August 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 172 (September 2007)
Elo ranking 117[1]
Highest Elo ranking 59 (15 January 1996)
Lowest Elo ranking 156 (7 June 2008)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Ng westafricasettlements.png Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 10 August 1949)[2]
Biggest win
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 5–1 Niger 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 7 March 1976)
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 5–1 Niger 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 3 June 1995)
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 4–0 São Tomé & Príncipe 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 22 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Mali 6–0 Sierra Leone 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.

History[edit]

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.[3]

2014 Ebola Outbreak[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] The Sierra Leonean national team isn't allowed to play home games and all players must be foreign based.[6]

Sierra Leone Football Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 2 Times Champion (1993, 1995)
  • 2 Times Runners-up

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 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 – In Progress

Team schedule and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]

2013 Fixtures[edit]

23 March 2013
19:10 UTC+1
Tunisia  2–1  Sierra Leone
Darragi Goal 57'
Khazri Goal 72'
Report A. Kamara Goal 74'

8 June 2013
16:30 UTC±0
Sierra Leone  2–2  Tunisia
K. Kamara Goal 39'
A. Kamara Goal 72'
Report Darragi Goal 55' (pen.)
Ben Youssef Goal 90'

15 June 2013
16:30 UTC−1
Cape Verde  1–0  Sierra Leone
Héldon Goal 12' Report

7 September 2013
16:30 UTC±0
Sierra Leone  3–2  Equatorial Guinea
H. Bangura Goal 21'
Kargbo Goal 40' (pen.)
A. Kamara Goal 70'
Report Bermúdez Goal 85'
Randy Goal 88'

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following players had been called up for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Cameroon in October 2014.[7][8] Not players who withdrew from the squad due to injury.

Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Solomon Morris (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 24) 5 0 France Quevilly
12 1GK John Trye (1985-03-16) 16 March 1985 (age 29) 1 0 United States Northern Virginia Royals
1GK Patrick Bantamoi (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 28) 12 0 Finland RoPS
2DF Umaru Bangura (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 27) 28 1 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
2DF Gibril Sankoh (1983-05-15) 15 May 1983 (age 31) 3 0 China Henan Jianye
2 2DF Mustapha Dumbuya (1987-08-07) 7 August 1987 (age 27) 9 0 England Notts County
2DF Samuel Bangura (1995-01-23) 23 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 England Reading Town F.C.
3 2DF Sheriff Suma (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 28) 33 4 Sweden Syrianska
18 2DF David Simbo (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Sudan Al-Hilal
15 2DF Alie Sesay (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 21) 2 0 England Leicester City
4 3MF Medo (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 27) 19 2 England Bolton Wanderers
6 3MF John Kamara (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Greece Lamia 1964
3MF Khalifa Jabbie (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 21) 11 1 Turkey Balikesirspor
3MF Ibrahim Koroma (1989-05-17) 17 May 1989 (age 25) 10 0 Sweden Varbergs BoIS
11 3MF Hassan Mila Sesay (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 27) 8 2 Finland FC Lahti
10 3MF Moustapha Bangura (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 25) 10 2 Cyprus Nikos & Sokratis Erimis
3MF Julius Wobay (1984-05-19) 19 May 1984 (age 30) 40 14 Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku
3MF Alhassan Bangura (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Unattached
8 3MF Ibrahim Kallay (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Sweden Luleå
4FW Alhaji Kamara (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 20) 3 1 Sweden Norrköping
9 4FW Alhassan Kamara (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 21) 7 0 Sweden Örebro

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been selected by Sierra Leone in the past 12 months.[9][10] [11] Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Christian Caulker (1988-12-25) 25 December 1988 (age 25) 11 0 Sierra Leone Kallon v.  Seychelles, July 2014
DF Aziz Deen-Conteh (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Greece Ergotelis v.  Seychelles, July 2014
DF Mohamed Kamanor (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden Umeå v.  Seychelles, July 2014
MF Alfred Sankoh (Injured) (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran v.  Cameroon, Oct. 2014
MF Michael Lahoud (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 28) 2 0 United States Philadelphia Union v.  DR Congo, 10 Sept. 2014
MF Ibrahim Kargbo (1982-04-10) 10 April 1982 (age 32) 28 1 Unattached v.  Equatorial Guinea, 7 September 2013
MF Viktor Ibekoyi (1986-09-01) 1 September 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Azerbaijan AZAL PFK v.  Seychelles, July 2014
MF Samuel Barlay (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 28) 11 0 Sweden Syrianska v.  Seychelles, July 2014
MF Mohamed Bangura (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 25) 14 2 Turkey Istanbul BB v.  Seychelles, July 2014
FW George Davies (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Cameroon, Oct. 2014
FW Kei Kamara (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 30) 21 4 United States Columbus Crew v.  DR Congo, 10 Sept. 2014
FW Abdulai Bell-Baggie (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 22) 1 0 England Tranmere Rovers v.  Seychelles, July 2014
FW Teteh Bangura (1989-12-27) 27 December 1989 (age 24) 11 4 Sweden AIK v.  Equatorial Guinea, 7 September 2013
FW Mohamed Kallon (1979-10-06) 6 October 1979 (age 35) 33 14 Sierra Leone Kallon v.  Seychelles, July 2014

Former coaches[edit]


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