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Kenya Asks CAF To Allow Participation In 2023 AFCON Qualifiers

Kenya President
Kenya President, Dr William Ruto

January 15, (THEWILL) – The Kenyan government has appealed to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to reinstate the country’s football team into the qualifying tournament for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

THEWILL recalls that last May, CAF announced that Kenya was disqualified from the qualifiers due to the suspension of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) by FIFA.

However, FIFA lifted its ban on Kenya last November after the current FKF was disbanded, leading to Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba asking CAF to allow them to be reinstated so that they can take an active part in the qualifiers for the next continental competition.

A Caretaker Committee is currently managing football in Kenya and Namwamba held talks with a delegation representing FIFA and CAF last week. Kenya has qualified for AFCON six times, but not since 2019 and they have never advanced beyond the group stages.