Guinea national football team

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Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Syli National
(National Elephants)
AssociationGuinean Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachKaba Diawara
CaptainNaby Keïta
Most capsPascal Feindouno (85)
Top scorerIbrahima Kandia Diallo (33)
Home stadiumStade du 28 Septembre
Stade Général Lansana Conté
FIFA codeGUI
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 83 Steady (6 October 2022)[1]
Highest22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest123 (May 2003)
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
Appearances13 (first in 1970)
Best resultRunners-up, 1976

The Guinea national football team (French: Équipe de football du Guinée) represents Guinea in men's international football and it is controlled by the Guinean Football Federation. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, and their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was runners-up in 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in four recent tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2015). The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

History[edit]

Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo.[3] 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 the qualifiers for the 1965 African 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.[4]

During the 1976 African Cup of Nations the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[5][6]

In 2001, FIFA expelled the country from the qualification process of the 2002 World Cup and 2002 African Cup of Nations due to government interference in football.[7] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[8] 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.[9] Guinea reached the quarter-final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[13]

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.[14]

Kit provider[edit]

Kit provider Period
France Airness 2014–2016
Belgium Sindio 2017
Italy Macron 2018–2020
Netherlands Masita 2021–2022
Germany Puma 2022–present

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021[edit]

16 November 2021 2022 WCQ Morocco  3–0  Guinea Casablanca, Morocco
  • Mmaee 21' (pen.), 29'
  • El Kaabi 60'
Report Stadium: Stade Mohamed V
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)

2022[edit]

3 January Friendly Rwanda  3–0  Guinea TBD, Rwanda
19:00 UTC±0 Stadium: TBD
6 January Friendly Rwanda  0–2  Guinea TBD, Rwanda
19:00 UTC±0 Stadium: TBD
10 January 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Guinea  1–0  Malawi Bafoussam, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Kouekong Stadium
Referee: Daniel Nili Laryea (Ghana)
24 January AFCON Round of 16 Guinea  0–1  Gambia Bafoussam, Cameroon
17:00 Report Mu. Barrow 71' Stadium: Kouekong Stadium
Referee: Amin Omar (Egypt)
29 March Friendly Guinea  Cancelled  Zambia Paris, France
Stadium: TBD
23 September Friendly Algeria  1–0  Guinea Bir El Djir, Oran, Algeria
20:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Beida Dahane (Mauritania)
27 September Friendly Ivory Coast  3–1  Guinea Amiens, France
Report Stadium: Stade de la Licorne
Referee: Thomas Léonard (France)

2023[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Guinea Kaba Diawara[15]
Assistant Coach Guinea Mandjou Diallo[16]
Team Coordinator Guinea Ousmane Decazi Camara[17]
Technical Director Guinea Sadio Nansoko
Physiotherapist Guinea Ousmane Bah
Physiotherapist II Guinea Alsény Sylla
Media Officer Guinea Ibrahima Dbeck Diallo
Security Officer Guinea Jean Paul Camara
Goalkeeping Coach Guinea Kémoko Camara
Intendant Guinea Edgar Babara Sylla
Team Docter Guinea Tasfir Soumah
Team Docter II Guinea Amadou Sy
Physical Trainer Guinea Modou Konaté

Coaching history[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Algeria and Ivory Coast on 23 and 27 September, respectively.[19]

Caps and goals are correct as of 9 June 2022 after the match against Malawi.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 35) 24 0 Sweden Östersund
1GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 32) 9 0 Malta Hibernians
1GK Lassana Diakhaby (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 26) 0 0 France Valenciennes

2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 28) 68 3 France Toulouse
2DF Ibrahima Sory Conté (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 26) 20 0 France Chamois Niortais
2DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 25) 17 0 Switzerland Young Boys
2DF Saïdou Sow (2002-07-04) 4 July 2002 (age 20) 12 0 France Saint-Étienne
2DF Antoine Conte (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 28) 3 0 Romania Universitatea Craiova
2DF Mouctar Diakhaby (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 25) 2 0 Spain Valencia
2DF Sekou Sylla (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Netherlands Cambuur
2DF Ibrahim Diakité (2003-08-31) 31 August 2003 (age 19) 0 0 France Reims

3MF Naby Keïta (captain) (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 27) 50 11 England Liverpool
3MF Amadou Diawara (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 25) 26 0 Belgium Anderlecht
3MF Aguibou Camara (2001-05-20) 20 May 2001 (age 21) 16 1 Greece Olympiacos
3MF Ilaix Moriba (2003-01-19) 19 January 2003 (age 19) 8 0 Spain Valencia
3MF Mory Konaté (1993-11-15) 15 November 1993 (age 29) 4 0 Belgium Sint-Truidense
3MF Seydouba Cissé (2001-02-10) 10 February 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Leganés
3MF Cheick Condé (2000-07-26) 26 July 2000 (age 22) 1 0 Switzerland Zürich

4FW Mohamed Bayo (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 24) 11 3 France Lille
4FW Morgan Guilavogui (1998-03-10) 10 March 1998 (age 24) 5 0 France Paris FC
4FW Thierno Barry (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 22) 3 0 Spain Logroñés
4FW Bafodé Dansoko (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 26) 3 0 Belgium Deinze
4FW Serhou Guirassy (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 26) 3 0 France Rennes
4FW Momo Cissé (2002-10-17) 17 October 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Poland Wisła Kraków

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Bangaly Sylla (2002-11-30) 30 November 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Free agent v.  Malawi, 9 June 2022
GK Moussa Camara (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 24) 20 0 Guinea Horoya v.  Malawi, 9 June 2022

DF Julian Jeanvier (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 30) 6 0 France Auxerre v.  Malawi, 9 June 2022
DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 25) 16 0 Switzerland Young Boys 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Mikael Dyrestam (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 30) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Adalah 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 28) 8 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Fodé Camara (2002-06-23) 23 June 2002 (age 20) 1 0 Guinea Horoya 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Gaoussou Youssouf Siby (2000-04-15) 15 April 2000 (age 22) 2 1 Guinea Hafia 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 32) 30 0 India ATK Mohun Bagan 2021 Africa Cup of Nations INJ

MF Ibrahima Cissé (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 28) 19 1 Russia Ural Yekaterinburg v.  Malawi, 9 June 2022
MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 31) 55 4 Israel Bnei Sakhnin 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Morlaye Sylla (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 24) 21 3 Portugal Arouca 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Mamadou Kané (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 24) 17 2 Cyprus Pafos v.  Malawi, 9 June 2022
FW Gnagna Barry (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 24) 13 3 Guinea Horoya v.  Malawi, 9 June 2022
FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 26) 39 7 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  South Africa, 24 March 2022 INJ
FW Mamadou Diallo (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 28) 2 0 Free agent v.  South Africa, 24 March 2022 INJ
FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 32) 26 4 China Cangzhou Mighty Lions 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 31) 37 9 Free agent 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 27) 21 3 Denmark Midtjylland 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

Notes
  • 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.
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.

Records[edit]

As of 9 June 2022[20]
Players in bold are still active with Guinea.

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 Part of  France Part of  France
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not enter Declined participation
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Declined participation
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 5
Argentina 1978 7 5 0 2 11 7
Spain 1982 6 2 3 1 6 4
Mexico 1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
Italy 1990 2 1 0 1 3 5
United States 1994 6 2 0 4 8 7
France 1998 8 5 0 3 15 9
South Korea Japan 2002 Disqualified 2 1 1 0 7 4
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 12 7 2 3 20 13
South Africa 2010 12 4 2 6 16 19
Brazil 2014 6 3 1 2 12 8
Russia 2018 8 3 0 5 9 14
Qatar 2022 6 0 4 2 5 11
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 81 35 14 32 119 108

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of  France
Egypt 1959 Not affiliated to CAF
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963 Disqualified
Tunisia 1965 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7
Cameroon 1972 Did not qualify
Egypt 1974 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Ethiopia 1976 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7
Ghana 1978 Did not qualify
Nigeria 1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994 Group stage 11th 2 0 0 2 1 3
South Africa 1996 Did not qualify
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Mali 2002 Disqualified
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Egypt 2006 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
Ghana 2008 8th 4 1 1 2 5 10
Angola 2010 Did not qualify
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 3
South Africa 2013 Did not qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 6
Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Egypt 2019 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 4 6
Cameroon 2021 14th 4 1 1 2 2 3
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
2025 To be determind
Total Runners-up 13/33 47 13 17 17 61 66

African Nations Championship[edit]

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014
Rwanda 2016 Fourth place 4th 6 1 4 1 7 7
Morocco 2018 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Cameroon 2020 Third place 3rd 6 3 3 0 9 3
Algeria 2022 Did not qualify
Total Third place 3/7 15 5 7 3 19 15

African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Guinea national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team honours[edit]

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments[edit]

Runners-up (1): Silver medal africa.svg 1976

Other Tournaments and Cups[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Guinea – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Guinea – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  6. ^ "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
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  9. ^ "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Guinea 2–3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Quarter-finals: Civ 5–0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1–1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Syli : Première réaction d'Aly Touré, nommé Team Manager". 4 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Syli: Kaba Diawara, Mandjou Diallo et Kemoko font leur entrée dans le staff". 19 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Nouveau staff du Syli : 2 membres contestés par le ministère". 24 September 2019.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "La liste des joueurs". Twitter. @fgfofficiel.
  20. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Appearances for Guinea National Team". RSSSF.

External links[edit]