Sierra Leone national football team

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Sierra Leone
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Leone Stars
AssociationSierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachJohn Keister
CaptainUmaru Bangura
Most capsUmaru Bangura (50)
Top scorerMohamed Kallon (8)
Home stadiumFreetown National Stadium
FIFA codeSLE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Steady (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest50 (August 2014)
Lowest172 (September 2007)
First international
Flag of Sierra Leone 1916-1961.gif Sierra Leone 0–2 Nigeria 
(Freetown, Sierra Leone; 10 August 1949)[2]
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 Mali 6–0 Sierra Leone 
(Bamako, Mali; 17 June 2007)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 1994)
Best resultGroup 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).

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 Africa was also their first against an Asian nation, China. They lost 4–1 in China on 5 April 1974.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] The Sierra Leonean national team wasn't allowed to play home games and all players had to be foreign-based.[7] 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.

On 5 October 2018, the Sierra Leone Football Association was suspended by FIFA and the Leone Stars were excluded from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021[edit]

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)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Benin on 15 June 2021.

Caps and goals as of 15 June 2021, after the game against Benin.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohamed Kamara (1999-04-29) 29 April 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions
1GK Unisa Conteh (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Sierra Leone Johansen
1GK Abubakarr Toma Unknown 0 0 Sierra Leone Bo Rangers

2DF Umaru Bangura (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 33) 46 4 Switzerland FC Zürich
2DF Yeami Dunia (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 24) 23 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions
2DF Mustapha Dumbuya (1987-08-07) 7 August 1987 (age 33) 17 0 United States Tampa Bay Rowdies
2DF Alie Sesay (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 28) 9 0 Indonesia Persebaya Surabaya
2DF Osman Kakay (1997-08-25) 25 August 1997 (age 23) 6 0 England Queens Park Rangers
2DF Kevin Wright (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 25) 3 0 Sweden Örebro SK
2DF Abu Bakarr Samura (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Sierra Leone Kallon

3MF Kwame Quee (1996-07-09) 9 July 1996 (age 25) 20 3 Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík
3MF John Kamara (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 33) 18 1 Azerbaijan Keşla FK
3MF Sorie Barrie (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 24) 9 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions
3MF Alimamy Bundu (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions
3MF Abu Dumbuya (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions
3MF Sallieu Tarawallie (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 26) 2 1 Sierra Leone Kallon
3MF Hassan Koroma (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22) 2 1 Sierra Leone Kallon
3MF Julius Goba (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Sierra Leone Ports Authority
3MF Sullay Kaikai (1995-08-26) 26 August 1995 (age 25) 1 0 England Wycombe Wanderers

4FW Kei Kamara (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 36) 31 6 Unattached
4FW Alhaji Kamara (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 27) 7 5 Denmark Randers
4FW Mohamed Buya Turay (1995-01-10) 10 January 1995 (age 26) 5 0 China Hebei China Fortune
4FW Mustapha Bundu (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 24) 6 2 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Alhassan Koroma (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Spain Real Balompédica Linense
4FW Prince Barrie (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 23) 5 0 Sierra Leone Bo Rangers
4FW Augustine Williams (1997-08-03) 3 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0 United States LA Galaxy

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 33) 32 1 Unattached v.  Lesotho, 27 March 2021
MF Momoh Conteh (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0 United States Maryland Bobcats v.  Niger, 13 October 2020

FW Musa Kamara (1999-08-06) 6 August 1999 (age 21) 4 0 Sierra Leone East End Lions v.  Mauritania, 9 October 2020

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.

Records[edit]

As of 15 June 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active with Sierra Leone.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 3
Argentina 1978 4 1 1 2 8 9
Spain 1982 2 0 1 1 3 5
Mexico 1986 2 0 0 2 0 5
Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1994 Withdrew Withdrew
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 2
South KoreaJapan 2002 10 2 1 7 6 17
Germany 2006 2 0 1 1 1 2
South Africa 2010 8 3 2 3 5 8
Brazil 2014 6 2 2 2 10 10
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 2 2
Qatar 2022 2 1 0 1 2 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 42 10 8 24 37 66

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Sudan 1957 Part of United Kingdom
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter
Sudan 1970 Withdrew
Cameroon 1972 Did not enter
Egypt 1974 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter
Ghana 1978 Did not qualify
Nigeria 1980 Did not enter
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986 Withdrew
Morocco 1988 Did not qualify
Algeria 1990 Withdrew
Senegal 1992 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1994 Round 1 13th 2 0 1 1 0 4 Squad
South Africa 1996 Round 1 15th 3 1 0 2 2 7 Squad
Burkina Faso 1998 Withdrew
Nigeria Ghana 2000 Disqualified due to civil war
Mali 2002 Did not qualify
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
Cameroon 2021 Qualified
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total First round 3/33 5 1 1 3 2 11

Honours[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ Courtney, Barrie (15 August 2006). "Sierra Leone – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 29 July 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Sierra Leone - List of International Matches". rsssf.com. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Sierra Leone suspends football matches as Ebola virus spreads". The Independent. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Ebola affecting Sierra Leone team - Michael Lahoud". BBC Sport. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ FIFATV (14 October 2014). "The land where football is religion" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Sierra Leone Team 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  9. ^ "Sierra Leone". National Football Teams.

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