Sierra Leone national football team
|Association||Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||John Keister|
|Most caps||Umaru Bangura (50)|
|Top scorer||Mohamed Kallon (8)|
|Home stadium||Freetown National Stadium|
|Current||114 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||50 (August 2014)|
|Lowest||172 (September 2007)|
| 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 and Príncipe (Freetown, Sierra Leone; 22 April 2000)
| Mali 6–0 Sierra Leone |
(Bamako, Mali; 17 June 2007)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1994)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1994 and 1996|
The Sierra Leone national football team represents Sierra Leone in men's international association football and it is governed by the Sierra Leone Football Association. The team's nickname is Leone Stars. The team is affiliated to the West African Football Union. The team have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup; however, they have qualified for Africa Cup of Nations thrice. The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
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.
Sierra Leone's golden period was during the 1990s, qualifying for both the 1994 and 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. However, they were forced to withdraw from the next two editions due to the Sierra Leone Civil War.
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 wasn't allowed to play home games and all players had to be foreign-based. In October 2015, Sierra Leone suffered a surprise defeat to Chad in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with their home game having to be played in Nigeria. One year later, Sierra Leone very nearly qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing just one point behind Group I winners Ivory Coast.
Recent results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|15 June 2021 AFCONQ||Sierra Leone||1–0||Benin||Conakry, Guinea|
|16:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre|
Referee: Haythem Guirat (Tunisia)
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|
|MF||Medo||16 November 1987||32||1||Unattached||v. Lesotho, 27 March 2021|
|MF||Momoh Conteh||1 December 1999||1||0||Maryland Bobcats||v. Niger, 13 October 2020|
|FW||Musa Kamara||6 August 1999||4||0||East End Lions||v. Mauritania, 9 October 2020|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 15 June 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Sierra Leone.
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1970||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||3|
|1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||0||2|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of United Kingdom|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1968||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||Disqualified due to FIFA suspension|
|2023||To be determined|
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 2 Times Champion (1993, 1995)
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