Harambee Stars has officially been kicked out of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after failing to put in place measures to lift the ban by FIFA.
Kenya men’s national football team Harambee Stars have been officially expelled from the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The decision was arrived at after the world governing body FIFA had banned Kenya from all football-related activities in February this year.
FIFA had cited what it had called government interference after the Kenyan government removed the Football Kenya Federation officials from office.
According to an official statement on CAF’s website, both Kenya and Zimbabwe are now out of the race to qualify for next year’s AFCON that will be held in Ivory Coast. Zimbabwe had similarly been banned for government interference.
As a consequence of having failed to have their suspensions by FIFA set aside, CAF has confirmed that both Kenya and Zimbabwe will not participate in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 qualifiers. The qualifiers will kick-off on the first day of June 2022.
CAF had included them in the official draw earlier in April 2022 on condition that the suspension must be lifted two weeks before their first match day. Kenya and Zimbabwe, suspended for political interference, have not yet met the criteria required by the FIFA Congress as a prerequisite for lifting their suspension.