Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) has confirmed Kenya’s place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, set to be held between June 15, and July 13, 2019.
This is following Sierra Leone’s disqualification from the Qualifiers, a decision arrived at during the CAF Executive Committee meeting held on Friday, November 30, 2018, in Accra, Ghana.
In a letter sent to the Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Kenyan FA General Secretaries, the continental football governing body further noted that the two highest ranked teams from Group F, which now comprises of three teams, will grace the final tourney.
“we regrettably inform you that following CAF Executive Committee meeting held in Accra, Ghana on the 30th of November 2018, the team of Sierra Leone has been disqualified from the qualifiers of the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Therefore, we hereby inform you that all matches played by Sierra Leone in the Group Stage of the said qualifiers are to be annulled,” read part of the letter.
“We take this opportunity to stress the fact that even though the group is consisted of 3 teams, the 2 highest ranked teams of the group at the end of the qualifying phase shall qualify to the final tournament of the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations,” continued the letter.
Kenya thus leads Group F as it stands with seven points, one more than second-placed Ghana. Ethiopia is third with a point from four matches.
Stars will play Ghana away, in their final qualifier before playing yet another build up friendly match at home. Both matches have been scheduled for March next year.
The team will then head into a three-week camp later in May after the conclusion of the 2018/2019 league, where friendly matches have been scheduled to keep the players in shape ahead of the tourney.