2019 AFCON: Ghana secure qualification after CAF disqualify Sierra Leone

Ghana has secured qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) disqualified Sierra Leone from the qualifying campaign.

The decision is due to Sierra Leone failing to meet the conditions aimed at lifting a Fifa ban.

This means Ghana and Kenya qualify for next year’s Nations Cup finals from Group F.

Sierra Leone was suspended from all football by Fifa in October and an investigation was launched.

They have not played any qualifying matches since that ban.

The ban was imposed after the country’s anti-corruption commission (ACC) barred two leading SLFA officials – SLFA president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara – from the governing body’s offices. Both deny any wrong-doing.

CAF, who made the decision on Friday, confirmed in a statement on Monday that all Sierra Leone’s matches during the qualifying campaign are now “annulled.”

With one match remaining in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, Kenya is top of Group F on seven points from three matches, with Ghana a point behind.

Ethiopia is third on one point from four games and cannot now qualify.

Caf is looking for new hosts for the 2019 Nations Cup after confirming on Friday that Cameroon had been stripped of hosting rights for next year’s showpiece event

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