Qualification history
Since the France 1998 qualifiers, Sierra Leone have proven themselves competitive without ever getting too close to the golden ring. They have defeated Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa in qualifiers over the years, but they were stuck in the middle of a tough group on the road to Brazil 2014.

The team
Captain Kei Kamara, who moved to the USA as a 16-year-old with his family, is a solid journeyman professional who sparks the international-based team to life from the front. The current qualifying campaign will be the first time that none of the three Kallon brothers, who have been involved with the national team since 1990, are in the running for a place in the team.

The coach
John Ajina Sesay was appointed Sierra Leone coach in 2014. The former midfielder played for Old Edwardians F.C. before moving into coaching with Freetown City and East End Lions, with whom he won the Sierra Leone Premier League championship in 2009.

The stat
The number of CAF Africa Cup of Nations, the typically talented Sierra Leone side has qualified for – in 1994 and 1996.

The former stars

Musa Kallon, Mohammed Kallon