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Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone


The Sierra Leone national football team is also known as Leone Stars represents Sierra Leone in men's international association football and it is governed by the Sierra Leone Football Association. The team has never qualified for FIFA World Cups but has qualified for three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and The team is a member of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football Football  (CAF).


In August 2014, the Sierra Leone FA canceled all football matches 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.

On 5 October 2018, the Sierra Leone Football Association was suspended by FIFA and the Leone Stars were excluded from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

The Leone Stars Head Coach is John Keister and the team's home stadium is Freetown National Stadium. Most Caps player was Umaru Bangura with 51 Appearances, The team's all-time highest goal scorer was also Mohamed Kallon with 9 goals. Their current captain is Umaru Bangura who is currently playing as a Centre Back for Swiss Challenge League Neuchatel Xamax.

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