Despite FIFA Suspension, Kenya grouped alongside Cameroon in AFCON qualifiers

Harambee Stars’ Captain Michael Olunga (centre) celebrates his goal with Joseph Okumu and Richard Odada during the FIFA World Cup qualifier's second round at the Nyayo National Stadium on Monday, November 15, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Kenya has been grouped alongside East African neighbours Burundi, Namibia and previous hosts Cameroon in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Even though Kenya was suspended by FIFA from international football due to government interference, CAF hopes the team will be cleared in time to participate in the qualifiers.

Here’s the full draw

A: Guinea Bissau, Mauritius or Sao Tome e Principe, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Eswatini, Togo

C: Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia

D: Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi

E: Angola, Central African Republic, Ghana, Madagascar

F: Algeria, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda

G: Congo, Gambia, Mali, South Sudan

H: Comoros Islands, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Zambia

I: DRc, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan

J: Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Tunisia

K: Liberia, Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe

L: Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal

The two top teams in teams in each group will proceed to the finals in June next year.

However, only one team will go through in Group H where hosts Ivory Coast are placed.

 

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