Sierra Leone national football team
|Association||Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||John Keister|
|Home stadium||Freetown National Stadium|
|Current||111 8 (7 June 2018)|
|Highest||50 (August 2014)|
|Lowest||172 (September 2007)|
|Current||114 (6 May 2018)|
|Highest||59 (15 January 1996)|
|Lowest||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||Group stage, 1994 and 1996|
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'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.
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 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. In 2016 Sierra Leone entered the Grecian Shield at Exeter university on Sunday 13 March.
Sierra Leone Football Achievements
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 2 Times Champion (1993, 1995)
- 2 Times Runners-up
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1970||Did not enter|
|1974 to 1986||Did not qualify|
|1990||Did not enter|
|1998 to 2018||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Squad|
| 1957 to
|Did not enter|
|1972||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter|
|1978||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2000||Disqualified due to civil war|
|2002||Did not qualify|
|2019||To be determined|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|15 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Sierra Leone||1–1||Senegal||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
||Report||Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Manuel Timas (Cape Verde)
|22 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Senegal||3–1
|Sierra Leone||Dakar, Senegal|
||Stadium: Stade Al Djigo
Referee: Gilberto dos Santos (Guinea-Bissau)
|11 September 2017 2017 WAFU Nations Cup 1st round||Nigeria||2–0||Sierra Leone||Cape Coast, Ghana|
|18:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: Cape Coast Sports Stadium
Referee: Yanissou Bebou (Togo)
|17 March 2018 Friendly||Iran||4–0||Sierra Leone||Tehran, Iran|
|15:30 IRST||Khanzadeh 14'
Gholizadeh 16', 47'
|Report||Stadium: Azadi Stadium
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Kenya on 10 June 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of 10 June 2017 after the game against Kenya.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Solomon Morris||16 June 1990||17||0||US Quevilly|
|16||GK||Alhaji Dauda Camara||0||0||Horoya AC|
|17||DF||Umaru Bangura (captain)||7 October 1987||43||4||FC Zürich|
|18||DF||David Simbo||28 September 1989||18||0||Yeni Amasyaspor|
|3||DF||Mila||22 October 1987||7||0||FC Lahti|
|2||DF||Mustapha Dumbuya||7 August 1987||7||0||Partick Thistle|
|10||MF||Gibrila||19 May 1984||31||4||Olimpija|
|4||MF||Medo||16 November 1987||28||1||Kuwait SC|
|14||MF||Khalifa Jabbie||20 January 1993||15||2||Sheriff Tiraspol|
|7||MF||Kwame Quee||9 July 1996||14||0||Víkingur Ólafsvík|
|13||MF||Alfred Sankoh||22 October 1988||13||0||Denizlispor|
|12||MF||Bankolé||12 May 1988||10||1||FC Kaisar|
|11||MF||Kweku||16 November 1996||9||0||Floridsdorfer AC|
|6||MF||Abdul Sesay||30 September 1991||5||2||JS Hercules|
|8||MF||Michael Lahoud||15 September 1986||4||0||FC Cincinnati|
|5||FW||Kei Kamara||1 September 1984||27||4||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|9||FW||Crespo||13 January 1993||15||4||BK Häcken|
|19||FW||Alhaji Kamara||16 April 1994||6||2||FC Sheriff Tiraspol|
|15||FW||Buya||10 January 1995||0||0||Dalkurd FF|
The following players have been called up for Sierra Leone in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
- 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.
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