Ranked 68th in the FIFA ranking, the Syli Nationale (which means National Elephants) of Guinea have been drawn against Nigeria, Burundi and Madagascar in the AFCON 2019. What has their story been like, in regards to AFCON tournaments.
Guinea qualified for the 1963 AFCON in Ghana by beating Nigeria 3-2 on aggregate during the qualifiers. Unfortunately, Nigeria were given the nod because Guinea were later disqualified for using Guinean officials in the second leg.
According to Campus 360gh.com,
The Syli Nationale failed to qualify for the 1965 and 1968 AFCON tournaments. In 1970 in Gabon, they failed to move to the next round. They repeated the same fear in 1974 in Egypt.
In 1976, the Elephants finished second to Morocco, their best in the history of the competition. From 1980 to 2000, they qualified for the AFCON only thrice. They were eliminated in the group stages in those competitions.
In 2001, FIFA banned the country from football due to government interference in football. Guinea lost to Mali 2-1 in the quarter finals stage of the 2004 AFCON after a two-year ban.
They maintained their previous feat but failed to progress after losing 3-2 to Senegal in the 2006 AFCON. Guinea reached the quarter finals for the third consecutive times in the tournament but lost 5-0 to Côte D’ Ivoire during AFCON 2008.
In 2012, Guinea became the first side to score 6 goals in an AFCON match since Côte D’ Ivoire in 1970 after trashing Botswana 6-1 in the group stage. A draw against Ghana in the subsequent game sent them home. In 2015, they were eliminated by Ghana again in the quarter
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