Sierra Leone National Team

2015 Africa Cup of Nations

The Leone Stars will play Swaziland in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations second round qualifiers on 16-18 May (away) and 30 May - 1 Jun (home).    

The winners will then play the Seychelles in the third round games in late July and early August.

 

Second Round Fixtures:

  • 16-18/05/14: Swaziland v Sierra Leone
  • 30-31/05-01/06/14: Sierra Leone v Swaziland

Third Round Fixtures:

  • 18-20/07/14: Swaziland or Sierra Leone v Gambia* or Seychelles
  • 01-03/08/14: Gambia* or Seychelles v Swaziland or Sierra Leone

(* UPDATE: Following the draw, Gambia received a 2 year ban from CAF)

 

Final Group Qualification Stage 

The winner of the Leone Stars second / third round qualification games will then be placed in Group D for the final qualification stage - along with Ivory Coast, Cameroon and DR Congo - for games in September, October and November.

 Afcon2015 Group D Qualification Draw

Group D - Fixtures:

  • 05-06/09/14: Ivory Coast v qualifier
  • 05-06/09/14: DR Congo v Cameroon

 

  • 10/09/14: Cameroon v Ivory Coast
  • 10/09/14: qualifier v DR Congo

 

  • 10-11/10/14: DR Congo v Ivory Coast
  • 10-11/10/14: qualifier v Cameroon

 

  • 15/10/14: Ivory Coast v DR Congo
  • 15/10/14: Cameroon v qualifier

 

  • 14-15/11/14: qualifier v Ivory Coast
  • 14-15/11/14: Cameroon v DR Congo

 

  • 19/11/14: Ivory Coast v Cameroon
  • 19/11/14: DR Congo v qualifier

 

 Following those games, the final draw for AFCON 2015 will then be held in Rabat on 26 November.   Group winners and the runner-up of each qualification group, plus the third-best team will join hosts Morocco for the final tournament.

 

AFCON 2015 - Finals

The 30th edition of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be played in Morocco from 17 January until 8 February 2015.

The location of the games is as follows:

  • GROUP A will be based in Marrakech.  The city will also host the opening match.
  • GROUP B will be based in Agadir.
  • Rabat will host GROUP C and the AFCON 2015 final.
  • GROUP D will be based in Tangier. 

 

 

Notes to Editors

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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  He is currently Head Coach of the Uganda National Team - the Uganda 'Cranes'.   By December 2019, after only 3 months in charge, Uganda had won CECAFA 2019; were sitting top of their AFCON qualification group; and had secured 9 wins and 1 draw from 10 games.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts. 

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team (2013-14). Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014).  He was Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry made an impressive start, losing just one of his first six matches and leading Sierra Leone into the top 50 of Fifa's world rankings, above Northern Ireland, the Republic, Cameroon and Senegal.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Very few 29-year-olds have managed a national football team. None have done it while that country is being brought to its knees by Ebola.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Leone Stars shine with purpose... what is even more remarkable is what the young Northern Irishman has done ... the Leone Stars are ranked 50th in the world and seventh in Africa – higher than they have ever been.

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    fifa.com
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