Guinea national football team

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Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Syli Nationale
(National Elephants)
Association Fédération Guinéenne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Luis Fernández
Captain Kamil Zayatte
Top scorer Pascal Feindouno (28)
Home stadium Stade du 28 Septembre
FIFA code GUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 61 Decrease 12 (4 February 2016)
Highest 22 (August 2006)
Lowest 123 (May 2003)
First international
 Togo 2–1 Guinea 
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 11 (First in 1970)
Best result Second place; 1976

The Guinea national football team, nicknamed Syli nationale (National Elephant), is the national team of Guinea and is controlled by the Fédération Guinéenne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals, and their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was second in the 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in three successive tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008).

History[edit]

Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo.[1] 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 qualification for the Africa 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.[2]

During the 1976 African Nations Cup the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[3][4]

In 2001 FIFA expelled the country from the qualification process of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2002 African Cup of Nations due to government interference in football.[5] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[6] 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.[7] Guinea reached the quarter final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[11]

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.[12]

Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 5 Times Champion (1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005)
  • 1 Time Runners-up

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930 to 1962Did not enter
  • 1966Withdrew
  • 1970Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1974 to 1998Did not qualify
  • 2002Disqualified by FIFA during qualifying
  • 2006 to 2014Did not qualify

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Ghana 1963 Disqualified
Tunisia 1965 Did Not Qualify
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7
Cameroon 1972 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1974 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Ethiopia 1976 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7
Ghana 1978 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 1980 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
Libya 1982 Did Not Qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994 Group Stage 11th 2 0 0 2 1 3
South Africa 1996 Did Not Qualify
Burkina Faso 1998 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did Not Qualify
Mali 2002 Disqualified
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Egypt 2006 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
Ghana 2008 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 10
Angola 2010 Did Not Qualify
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 3
South Africa 2013 Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 6
Gabon 2017 TBD
Cameroon 2019
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023 Qualified as host
Total 11/30 0 Titles 39 11 15 13 55 57

Other Tournaments[edit]

Year Round
Kuwait 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Group Stage

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2015

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Algeria on 9 October and Morocco on 12 October 2015.[13]
Caps and goals updated as 6 September 2015 after the match against Zimbabwe.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 32) 44 0 Free agent
1GK Abdul Aziz Keita (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 25) 10 0 Guinea Kaloum Star
2DF Fodé Camara (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 27) 18 0 Guinea Horoya
2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 22) 17 0 France Gazélec Ajaccio
2DF Ibrahima Sory Bangoura (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 28) 13 0 Guinea Horoya
2DF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 23) 9 0 France Brest
2DF Mohammed Diarra (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 23) 7 1 Denmark OB
2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Ukraine Olimpik Donetsk
2DF Fousseni Bamba (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Cyprus Ayia Napa
3MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 24) 31 1 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 25) 22 7 France Bastia
3MF Kévin Constant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 28) 22 4 Turkey Trabzonspor
3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 21) 13 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Lanfia Camara (1986-10-03) 3 October 1986 (age 29) 9 0 Belgium Patro Eisden Maasmechelen
3MF Oumar Diop (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Free agent
4FW Lass Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 23) 22 1 Spain Rayo Vallecano
4FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 22) 18 7 Belgium Standard Liège
4FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 25) 15 3 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 24) 14 6 Kuwait Al-Qadsia
4FW Sekou Keita (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 21) 2 0 France Evian TG

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Guinea within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nouhan Condé (1995-07-22) 22 July 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Guinea Satellite v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
GK Youssouf Touré (1985-10-05) 5 October 1985 (age 30) 2 0 Guinea Kaloum Star v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
GK Adama Koné (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 26) 1 0 France Noisy-le-Sec v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
GK Aboubacar Camara (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Spain UCAM Murcia 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 25) 11 0 France Saint-Étienne v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
DF Ben Youssouf Camara (1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Guinea Horoya v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
DF Kamil Zayatte (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 30) 43 4 Saudi Arabia Al-Raed v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
DF Abdoulaye Cissé (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 21) 10 0 France Angers v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
DF Alsény Camara (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Guinea Kaloum Star v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
DF Ismaël Karba Bangoura (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Fidelis Andria v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
DF Djibril Tamsir Paye (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 25) 3 0 Free agent 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 26) 14 0 Portugal Nacional v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
MF Guy-Michel Landel (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 25) 4 1 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
MF Yalany Baio (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț v.  Chad, 6 June 2015
MF Bouna Sarr (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 24) 0 0 France Marseille 2015 Africa Cup of Nations DEC
FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 19) 5 1 France Bastia v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
FW Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 21) 4 0 Turkey Gaziantepspor v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
FW Alkhali Bangoura (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015
FW Ibrahima Traoré (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 27) 33 8 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Zimbabwe, 6 September 2015 DEC
FW Mathias Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Scotland Partick Thistle v.  Swaziland, 12 June 2015
FW Pépé Guilavogui (1993-06-02) 2 June 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Eldense v.  Chad, 6 June 2015
FW Ismaël Bangoura (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 31) 48 11 France Nantes v.  Chad, 6 June 2015
FW Abdoul Camara (1990-02-20) 20 February 1990 (age 25) 14 3 England Derby County 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
Notes

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up

Coaches[edit]

Head-to-Head records against other countries[edit]