Sierra Leone’s suspension gives Harambee Stars spot in AFCON Championship

Sierra Leone’s suspension gives Harambee Stars spot in AFCON Championship

Harambee Stars of Kenya are now certain of a spot In the Africa Cup of Nations following Sierra Leone’s suspension from the qualifiers.

According to reports from Ghana where the Confederation of African Football was having an Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting on Friday, Sierra Leone has been suspended from the 2019 AFCON qualifiers for failing to meet standards set by the football body.

The decision by CAF means regardless of the outcome in their last game against Ghana in March 2019, Kenya is sure to finish in the top two places in group F.

Group F, now consists of Kenya leading with seven points after three matches, followed by Ghana with six points and lastly, Ethiopia, with with a single point.

Only the top two teams in each group are sure to qualify for the 24-team AFCON finals.

According to Football Kenya Federation president, Nick Mwendwa, the national team is set to make a return to the continental bonanza for the first time since 2004.

In a separate decision by CAF, Cameroon was stripped of the rights to host the 2019 championships since a number of compliance conditions had not been met after inspection visits of the security committee.

The continental football body will now invite countries to submit official bids to host the tournament set for June 2019 and deliver a verdict on the same by December 31.

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