Sierra Leone national football team
|Association||Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||John Keister|
|Most caps||Umaru Bangura (54)|
|Top scorer||Mohamed Kallon (8)|
|Home stadium||Freetown National Stadium|
|Current||108 1 (31 March 2022)|
|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, 1996, 2021)|
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)
|13 November Friendly||Sierra Leone||0–2||Comoros||Sapanca, Turkey|
||Stadium: Sapanca Atatürk Stadyumu|
|11 January 2021 AFCON||Algeria||0–0||Sierra Leone||Douala, Cameroon|
|Report||Stadium: Japoma Stadium|
Referee: Ahmad Imetehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|16 January 2021 AFCON||Ivory Coast||2–2||Sierra Leone||Douala, Cameroon|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Japoma Stadium|
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
|20 January 2021 AFCON||Sierra Leone||0–1||Equatorial Guinea||Limbe, Cameroon|
||Stadium: Limbe Stadium|
Referee: Mohamed Marouf Eid Mansour (Egypt)
|24 March Friendly||Togo||3–0||Sierra Leone||Antalya, Turkey|
|Placca Fessou 50', 55'
Fo Doh Laba 87'
|Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex|
|27 March Friendly||Liberia||0–1||Sierra Leone||Antalya, Turkey|
||Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex|
|29 March Friendly||Congo||1–2||Sierra Leone||Antalya, Turkey|
||Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex|
|9 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Nigeria||v||Sierra Leone||Abuja, Nigeria|
|Stadium: Moshood Abiola National Stadium|
|13 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Sierra Leone||v||Guinea-Bissau||Conakry, Guinea|
|Stadium: General Lansana Conté Stadium|
- Burkhard Pape (1966–1968)
- Klaus Ebbighausen (1976–1978)
- Warwick Rimmer (1979)
- Christian Cole (1989)
- Christian Cole (1991)
- Raymond Zarpanelian (1993–1994)
- Roger Palmgren (1996)
- John Sherington (1996–1997)
- Abdulai Sesay (–2000)
- Dušan Drašković (2000)
- Christian Cole (2001)
- José Antonio Nogueira (2003)
- John Sherington (2003–2006)
- James Peters (2006–2007)
- Mohamed Kanu (2007–2009)
- Daniel Koroma (2009–2010)
- Christian Cole (2010–2011)
- Lars-Olof Mattsson (2011–2013)
- Johnathan McKinstry (2013–2014)
- Atto Mensah (2014)
- John Ajina Sesay (2014–2015)
- John Sherington (2015)
- Sellas Tetteh (2015–2017)
- John Keister (2017–2019)
- Sellas Tetteh (2019–2020)
- John Keister (2020–present)
Caps and goals are correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Congo.
The following players have also been called up to the Sierra Leone squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Unisa Conteh||26 May 1996||2||0||Johansen||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|GK||Bill Hamid||25 November 1990||0||0||D.C. United||v. Togo, 24 March 2022 PRE, WD|
|GK||Isaac Caulker||25 January 1991||0||0||Kallon||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|GK||Francis Koroma||0||0||Mighty Blackpool||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|GK||Mohamed Kanu||0||0||Nimba Kwado||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|DF||David Sesay||18 September 1998||4||0||Wealdstone||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Alex Bangura||13 July 1999||2||0||Cambuur||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Yeami Dunia||16 December 1996||29||0||East End Lions||v. Liberia, 27 March 2022|
|DF||Umaru Bangura (Captain)||7 October 1987||55||4||Neuchâtel Xamax||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|DF||Mustapha Dumbuya||7 August 1987||17||0||Unattached||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|DF||Abu Bakarr Samura||10 August 1995||2||0||Kallon||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|MF||Winston Ceesay||10 August 2000||1||0||Rotonda||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Demba Kamara||5 May 2003||1||0||Rimini||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Alusine Koroma||9 June 1997||3||0||San Pedro||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Samuel Bekoe||24 August 1997||1||0||Johansen||v. Liberia, 27 March 2022|
|MF||Medo||16 November 1987||33||2||Unattached||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Rodney Strasser||30 March 1990||18||1||Cattolica||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|MF||Khalifa Jabbie||20 January 1993||15||2||Al-Mina'a||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|MF||George Davies||16 November 1996||11||0||St. Pölten||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|MF||Abu Dumbuya||29 January 1999||8||0||East End Lions||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Saidu Fofanah||14 September 1997||6||1||Kallon||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Prince Barrie||18 August 1997||4||0||Bo Rangers||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Issa Kallon||3 January 1996||4||0||Cambuur||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Alie Conteh||1 January 2003||2||0||East End Lions||v. Congo, 29 March 2022|
|FW||Kei Kamara||1 September 1984||39||7||HIFK||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Alhaji Kamara||16 April 1994||12||5||Randers||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Christian Moses||10 August 1993||6||0||IFK Värnamo||2021 Africa Cup of NationsPRE|
|FW||Augustine Williams||3 August 1997||1||0||Charleston Battery||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Idris Kanu||5 December 1999||1||0||Peterborough United||2021 Africa Cup of Nations|
INJ Player withdrew from the current squad due to injury.
- As of 29 March 2022
- 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||Part of United Kingdom||Part of United Kingdom|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF||Not affiliated to CAF|
|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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- "Ebola affecting Sierra Leone team – Michael Lahoud". BBC Sport. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- "The land where football is religion". FIFATV. 14 October 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021 – via YouTube.
- "SIERRA LEONE SQUAD VS. NIGERIA AND GUINEA-BISSAU". Sierra Leone Football Association. 18 May 2022 – via Facebook.
- "Sierra Leone". National Football Teams.