Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Omar Kora wrote:
The Confederation of African Football has announced the exclusion of the national teams of Kenya and Zimbabwe from participating in the Nations Cup qualifiers due to the continued suspension of the International Football Association “FIFA” for the activities of the federation of the two countries due to government interference in the game.
Teams Kenya and Zimbabwe were temporarily included in the draw for the African nations qualifiers, which took place on April 19, despite their international bans, on the condition that the ban be lifted two weeks before the first round of matches. playoffs.
The Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers are due to start on June 1.
With FIFA bans on Kenya and Zimbabwe not lifted two weeks before the first round of playoffs, both teams were deemed losers and eliminated from the competition.
In an official statement, CAF announced that Kenya and Zimbabwe had failed to meet the criteria required by the FIFA Congress as a precondition for the ban to be lifted.
Thus, the groups of Kenya and Zimbabwe (groups 3 and 11) will consist of three teams, the first and the second of these groups qualifying for the continental championship.
Egypt were in Group D, which includes Guinea, Malawi and Ethiopia.
It should be noted that the Egyptian national team will start their campaign in the African nations qualifiers against Guinea and Ethiopia in the first and second rounds of Group D, scheduled for June 5 and 9.