By Judith Gicobi
Kenya has been eliminated from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers as a result of FIFA’s decision to ban the country from football.
The country was disqualified by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday, May 19, after the country failed to resolve lingering issues with FIFA.
Kenya would have to wait longer to compete in regional or continental competitions. It was pooled to play against Cameroon, Namibia, and Burundi.
After the Ministry of Sports, through Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed, decided to remove the Nick Mwendwa-led FKF and establish a caretaker body, FIFA suspended Kenya.
Before the CAF instruction, Kenya was scheduled to fly to Cameroon to begin its qualifying campaign on Saturday, June 4.
Additionally, the country had been given two weeks before its first qualifying match to adhere to FIFA’s requirements in order to have the banning removed.
Kenya had to meet a number of criteria, including reuniting the defunct FKF and reopening Kandanda House.
Kenya has been warned by the CAF that failing to comply with the regulation would result in its elimination from the competition.
“In case the suspension is not lifted two weeks before the matchday of the qualifiers, both associations will be considered as losers and eliminated from the competition.”
“Consequently, their groups will be composed of three teams. The first and the runners-up of groups of these teams will qualify to the final tournament,” read a past communication from CAF.