NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s long wait to return to the Africa Nations
Cup (AFCON) ended after the Confederation of African
Football (CAF) confirmed on Monday the disqualification of
director of communications for CAF, told Kenyan media that after
the extraordinary executive committee meeting in Accra, Ghana on
Friday, it was unanimously passed that Sierra Leone is
disqualified from the qualification campaign.
Ethiopia and Sierra Leone are the four teams making Group F and
only the best two will qualify for the AFCON 2019 finals, which
will be held in June.
“The CAF executive
committee decided that Sierra Leone is disqualified,” Rabe said
in Nairobi. “So Group F is composed of three teams - Ethiopia,
Ghana and Kenya.”
disqualification of Sierra Leone, which had been punished by
world football governing body FIFA over government interference
in its football administration, all the points relating to the
matches with the West African side in Group F will be forfeited.
This indeed works in
advantage of Kenya, who will lose zero points having been beaten
2-1 by Sierra Leone in June last year. However, Ethiopia, who
had beaten Sierra Leone will miss the three points.
Ghana was yet to
play Sierra Leone by the time they were being banned by FIFA in
June. This leaves Kenya leading the group with seven points,
Ghana second with six and Ethiopia is bottom with one point
having played all their four matches.
Kenya will play
Ghana in Accra in March in their last qualifying game, the
outcome of which will not affect the top two teams heading to
The 2019 Africa
Nations Cup will be played in a venue yet to be decided by CAF
after they stripped Cameroon the host rights last week. CAF has
promised to have an alternative host by Dec. 31.
The finals, which
will be played from June 15 to July 11, witness 24 teams up from
16 compete for the first time.
Kenya last competed
in the Africa Nations Cup finals in Tunisia in 2014, led by
coach Jacob Mulee and were eliminated after the first round
However, new coach
Sebastian Migne said they seek to stay longer in the tournament
“We want to make an
impact at AFCON, not just fill up the numbers. Kenya has a
quality squad and we hope to build on this team for future
competitions,” said Migne.
Madagascar was the
first team to book their spot at the tournament finals, the
first achievement ever in the country’s football history. Others
through so far are Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda,
Mali, Morocco, Ghana and Kenya.