Guinea national football team

Guinea
Nickname(s) Syli Nationale
(National Elephants)
Association Fédération Guinéenne de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Paul Put
Captain Naby Keïta
Most caps Pascal Feindouno (93?)
Top scorer Pascal Feindouno (30)
Home stadium Stade du 28 Septembre
FIFA code GUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 67 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest 123 (May 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 93 (20 August 2018)
Highest 23 (1977)
Lowest 125 (June 1996)
First international
 Togo 2–1 Guinea 
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
Biggest win
 Guinea 14–0 Mauritania 
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Zaire 6–0 Guinea 
(Zaire; 2 July 1972)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 11 (first in 1970)
Best result Runners-up, 1976

The Guinea national football team, nicknamed Syli nationale (National Elephants), is the national team of Guinea and is controlled by the Fédération Guinéenne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals, and their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was second in 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in four recent tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008, 2015).

History

Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo.[1] In 1963, Guinea entered its first qualification campaign for an Africa Cup of Nations, the 1963 tournament in Ghana. Drawn in a two-legged qualifier against Nigeria, Guinea drew the first leg 2–2 away on 27 July, and on 6 October won 1–0 at home to win 3–2 on aggregate. They were later disqualified for using Guinean officials in the second leg, and Nigeria went through to the finals in their place. In 1965, Guinea entered qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and was placed in Group A with Senegal and Mali. On 28 February they lost 2–0 in Senegal before beating them 3–0 at home on 31 March, Senegal's win over Mali allowed them to qualify instead of Guinea.[2]

During the 1976 African Nations Cup the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[3][4]

In 2001 FIFA expelled the country from the qualification process of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2002 African Cup of Nations due to government interference in football. Momo Sylla was to blame for this.[5] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[6] In the 2004 African Cup of Nations Guinea reached the quarter finals, scoring the first goal against Mali before ultimately losing 2–1, conceding the winning goal in the last minute of the match.[7] Guinea reached the quarter final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[8] 2008 saw Guinea reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for a third successive tournament, only to suffer a 5–0 defeat against Côte d'Ivoire.[9]

In 2012 Guinea beat Botswana 6–1 in the group stage of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, becoming the first side to score six goals in an Africa Cup of Nations game since Côte d'Ivoire in 1970.[10] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[11]

On 4 January 2016, CAF lifted a ban on Guinea playing their home international in Guinea after it was declared free of Ebola by the U.N. World Health Organization in December 2015.[12]

Competition records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Declined participation
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962
1966 Withdrew Withdrew
1970 Did not enter Declined participation
1974 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 5
1978 7 5 0 2 11 7
1982 6 2 3 1 6 4
1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
1990 2 1 0 1 3 5
1994 6 2 0 4 8 7
1998 8 5 0 3 15 9
2002 2 1 1 0 7 4
2006 12 7 2 3 20 13
2010 12 4 2 6 16 19
2014 6 3 1 2 12 8
2018 8 3 0 5 9 14
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total 0/21 75 35 10 30 114 97

Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
1963 Disqualified
1965 Did not qualify
1968
1970 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7
1972 Did not qualify
1974 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
1976 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7
1978 Did not qualify
1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
1982 Did not qualify
1984
1986
1988
1990
1992
1994 Group stage 11th 2 0 0 2 1 3
1996 Did not qualify
1998 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
2000 Did not qualify
2002 Disqualified
2004 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
2006 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
2008 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 10
2010 Did not qualify
2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 3
2013 Did not qualify
2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 6
2017 Did not qualify
2019 To be determined
2021
2023 Qualified as host
Total 11/31 0 Titles 39 11 15 13 55 57

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1965-000000
1973-000000
1978-000000
1987-000000
1991–present See Guinea national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Results and fixtures

2017

2018

2019

Personnel

PositionNameNotes
Head Coach Paul Put
Assistant Coach Thierry Pister
Assistant Coach II Koivogui Koly
Physical Trainer De Mayer Fréderic
Goalkeeping Coach Frix Nicolas Robert
Team Docter Volcke Pieter Geert
Physiotherapist Fumière Kristof Charles
Physiotherapist II Bracke Frederick Raymond
Masseur Haast Bert
Intendant Ousmane Decazi Camara
Team Coordinator Kaba Diawara
Security Officer Jean Paul Camara
Media Officer Ibrahima Dbeck Diallo

Players

Current squad

The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Central African Republic on 7 September 2018.[13]
Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2018, after the game against Mauritania.[14]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 62 0 Excelsior
1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 0 0 Östersund
1GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 0 0 Pau

2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 39 1 Toulouse
2DF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 16 0 Caen
2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 12 0 Amkar Perm
2DF Ibrahima Conté (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 4 0 Lorient
2DF Ousmane Sidibé (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 3 0 Béziers
2DF Mohamed-Aly Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 1 0 Hapoel Ra'anana
2DF Ernest Seka (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 0 0 Nancy
2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 0 0 Cincinnati

3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 30 5 Liverpool
3MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 17 0 Gaz Metan
3MF Alkhaly Bangoura (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 10 1 Étoile du Sahel
3MF Paye Camara (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 1 0 Horoya
3MF Mady Camara (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 0 0 Olympiacos
3MF Ibrahima Cissé (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 0 0 Fulham

4FW Lass Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 33 4 Almería
4FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 27 9 Auxerre
4FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 26 7 Partizan
4FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 25 5 Queens Park Rangers
4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 21 4 Bordeaux
4FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 3 0 Wisła Płock
4FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 2 0 Elche

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Guinea in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Abdoulaye Sylla (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 5 0 Hafia v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
GK Moussa Traoré (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 1 0 CD Mirandés v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
GK Abdul Aziz Keita (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 23 0 Buildcon v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
GK Aboubacar Camara (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 3 0 CD Huétor Tájar v.  Libya, September 2017

DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 21 0 Gençlerbirliği v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
DF Losseni Keita (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 0 0 Wiltz v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
DF Alsény Bangoura (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 24 0 Horoya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Alsény Camara (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 7 0 Horoya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Ibrahima Aminata Condé (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 7 0 Horoya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Fousseni Bamba (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 2 0 Chornomorets Odesa v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Lamin Diallo (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 0 0 Mladost Doboj v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017

MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 36 8 Hatayspor v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
MF Kévin Constant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 28 5 Sion v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
MF Ibrahima Sory Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 27 6 Horoya v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
MF Ibrahima Traoré (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 42 8 Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Guy Landel (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 16 2 Alanyaspor v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Ousmane Baldé (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 7 0 Vereya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Joël Lamah (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 3 0 Petrojet v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 41 2 Oostende v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
MF Simon Feindouno (1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 2 0 Al-Arabi v.  Libya, September 2017
MF Moustapha Kouyaté (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 0 0 Akanda v.  Libya, September 2017

FW Bengali-Fodé Koita (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 0 0 Kasımpaşa v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
FW Karamokoba Keita (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 1 1 Beitar Tel Aviv v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
FW Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 12 3 Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
FW Mohamed Mara (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 3 0 Lorient v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
FW Lonsana Doumbouya (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 2 0 PT Prachuap v.  Libya, September 2017

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

As of 24 March 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Guinea.

Coaches

Team honours

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments

Runners-up (1): 1976

Other Tournaments and Cups

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (5): 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005
Runners-up (1): 1989

References

  1. Barrie Courtney. "Guinea – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
  2. "Guinea – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  3. "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  4. "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  5. "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  7. "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. "Guinea 2–3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  9. "Quarter-finals: Civ 5–0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  11. "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1–1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  12. "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  13. "Guinée: Paul Put annonce son staff et sa première liste" (in French). afrik-foot.com. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  14. "Guinea Team 2018". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  15. "Pascal Feindouno, le Zidane noir pour Piquionne". Guineefoot. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  16. Petre Moldoveanu who won the CAF Champions League in 1975 with Hafia Football Club was appointed manager of Guinea and led his side to the 1976 African Cup of Nations finals.
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