Sierra Leone national football team

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Sierra Leone
Nickname(s) Leone Stars
Association Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Sellas Tetteh
Captain Umaru Bangura
Home stadium Freetown National Stadium
FIFA code SLE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 90 Increase 18 (14 July 2016)
Highest 50 (August 2014)
Lowest 172 (September 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 117[1]
Highest 59 (15 January 1996)
Lowest 156 (7 June 2008)
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 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 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] In 2016 Sierra Leone entered the Grecian Shield at Exeter university on Sunday 13 March.

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 – Did not qualify

Team schedule and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]

2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group I Sierra Leone 1 Vs Sudan 0 at the Freetown National Stadium

Current Squad[edit]

The following players had been called up for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Côte d'Ivoire in September 2015.[7] Not players who withdrew from the squad due to injury. (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 23) Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Zombo Morris (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 26) 6 0 France US Quevilly
16 1GK Unisa Koroma (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions F.C.

18 2DF David Simbo (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Belarus FC Krumkachy Minsk
2 2DF Abu Kanu (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Sierra Leone FC Johansen
21 2DF Umaru Bangura (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 28) 3 2 Belarus F.C. Dinamo Minsk
20 2DF Yeami Dunia (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Sierra Leone FC Johansen
3 2DF Abu Suma (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Sierra Leone FC Johansen
19 2DF Ibrahim Kamara (1996-02-17) 17 February 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Sierra Leone FC Johansen
5 2DF Mohamed Kamanor (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 23) 4 0 Sierra Leone FC Kallon

4 3MF Medó (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 28) 19 2 England Bolton Wanderers
12 3MF Lansana Kamara (1992-06-10) 10 June 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Sierra Leone FC Kallon
13 3MF John Kamara (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Latvia Riga FC
8 3MF Abdul Sesay (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 24) 2 0 Finland OPS
22 3MF Moustapha Bangura (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 26) 10 2 Serbia Borac Čačak
11 3MF Mila (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 28) 8 2 Finland FC Lahti
6 3MF Alfred Sankoh (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 27) 4 0 Turkey balikesirspor
7 3MF Kwame Queé (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Sierra Leone FC Kallon

9 4FW Shéka Fofana (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 21) 2 2 Sierra Leone FC Johansen
15 4FW Alhaji Kamara (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 22) 3 2 United States D.C. United
14 4FW Mohamed Bangura (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 26) 10 7 China Dalian Yifang F.C.
17 4FW Ibrahim Bangura (1989-12-27) 27 December 1989 (age 26) 10 4 Sweden GAIS
10 4FW Alhassan Kamara (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 23) 7 2 Sweden Orebro

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been selected by Sierra Leone in the past 12 months.[8][9] [10] Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club


1GK Patrick Bantamoi (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 30) 12 0 Finland FC Viikingit

2DF Gibril Sankoh (1983-05-15) 15 May 1983 (age 33) 3 0 Netherlands Roda JC Kerkrade
2DF Mustapha Dumbuya (1987-08-07) 7 August 1987 (age 28) 9 0 Scotland Partick Thistle
2DF Kemson Fofana (1995-01-23) 23 January 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions F.C.
2DF Sheriff Suma (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 29) 33 4 Azerbaijan Ravan Baku
2DF Alie Sesay (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 23) 2 0 England Barnet F.C.

3MF Khalifa Jabbie (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 23) 11 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Marcel (1989-05-17) 17 May 1989 (age 27) 10 0 Denmark Lyngby BK
3MF Sorie Barrie (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Sierra Leone FC Johansen
3MF Kweku (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 19) 5 0 Germany Greuther Fürth
3MF Alhassan Bangura (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 28) 3 0 England St Albans City
3MF Ibrahim Kallay (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Sweden Luleå

4FW Kei Kamara (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 31) 21 16 United States New England Revolution
4FW Aboubakar Kamara (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 21) 0 0 France Amiens SC

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

http://www.footballsierraleone.net/sierra-leone-to-host-the-elephants-of-ivory-coast-in-abidjan/

http://www.footballsierraleone.net/sierra-leone-1-malawi-1-international-friendly/

External links[edit]