Sierra Leone national football team

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Sierra Leone
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Leone Stars
Association Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Sellas Tetteh (Caretaker)
Captain Kei Kamara
Most caps Julius Wobay (40)
Top scorer Mohamed Kallon (14) & Julius Wobay (14)
Home stadium National Stadium
FIFA code SLE
FIFA ranking 104 Increase 7 (6 August 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 50 (August 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 172 (September 2007)
Elo ranking 117[1]
Highest Elo ranking 59 (15 January 1996)
Lowest Elo ranking 156 (7 June 2008)
First colours
Second colours
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]

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]

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following players had been called up for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Cameroon in October 2014.[7][8] Not players who withdrew from the squad due to injury.

Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Solomon Morris (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 25) 5 0 France Quevilly
12 1GK John Trye (1985-03-16) 16 March 1985 (age 30) 1 0 United States Northern Virginia Royals
1GK Patrick Bantamoi (1986-05-24) 24 May 1986 (age 29) 12 0 Finland FC Viikingit
2DF Umaru Bangura (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 27) 28 1 Belarus Dinamo Minsk
2DF Gibril Sankoh (1983-05-15) 15 May 1983 (age 32) 3 0 Netherlands Roda JC Kerkrade
2 2DF Mustapha Dumbuya (1987-08-07) 7 August 1987 (age 28) 9 0 Unattached
2DF Samuel Bangura (1995-01-23) 23 January 1995 (age 20) 0 0 England Marlow
3 2DF Sheriff Suma (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 28) 33 4 Azerbaijan Ravan Baku
18 2DF David Simbo (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Najran SC
15 2DF Alie Sesay (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 22) 2 0 England Leicester City F.C.
4 3MF Medo (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 27) 19 2 England Bolton Wanderers
6 3MF John Kamara (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 27) 4 0 Unattached
3MF Khalifa Jabbie (1993-01-20) 20 January 1993 (age 22) 11 1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
3MF Ibrahim Koroma (1989-05-17) 17 May 1989 (age 26) 10 0 Denmark Lyngby BK
11 3MF Hassan Mila Sesay (1987-10-22) 22 October 1987 (age 27) 8 2 Finland FC Lahti
10 3MF Moustapha Bangura (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 25) 10 2 Unattached
3MF Julius Wobay (1984-05-19) 19 May 1984 (age 31) 40 14 Unattached
3MF Alhassan Bangura (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 27) 3 0 Unattached
8 3MF Ibrahim Kallay (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Sweden Luleå
4FW Alhaji Kamara (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 21) 3 1 Sweden IFK Norrköping
9 4FW Alhassan Kamara (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 22) 7 0 Sweden Örebro

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been selected by Sierra Leone in the past 12 months.[9][10] [11] Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
MF Alfred Sankoh (Injured) (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Turkey Balıkesirspor v.  Cameroon, Oct. 2014
FW George Davies (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Cameroon, Oct. 2014
FW Kei Kamara (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 30) 21 4 United States Columbus Crew v.  DR Congo, 10 Sept. 2014

Former coaches[edit]


References[edit]

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