AFCON 2019: CAF confirms Sierra Leone disqualification
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially confirmed the disqualification of Sierra Leone from the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers.
In a correspondence to federations that have teams in Group F of the qualifiers (Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone), CAF also confirmed that despite the group now having just three teams, the top two teams will qualify for the tournament. Speculation was rife that only one would qualify.
TO ALL TEAMS OF GROUP F OF THE TOTAL 2019 AFCON QUALIFIERS
Subject: Disqualification of Sierra Leone - Total 2019 AFCON Qualifiers
Dear General Secretaries,
Reference to the above-mentioned subject, we regrettably inform you that following CAF
Executive Committee meeting held in Accra, Ghana on the 30th of November 2018, the team of Sierra Leone has been disqualified from the qualifiers of the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Therefore, we hereby inform you that all matches played by Sierra Leone in the Group Stage of the said qualifiers are to be annulled. Hence, Group F would consist of only 3 teams (Ethiopia, Ghana & Kenya) with the following standings in order:
We take this opportunity to stress the fact that even though the group consists of 3 teams, the 2 highest ranked teams of the group at the end of the qualifying phase shall qualify to the final tournament of the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Kindly accept Dear General Secretaries, our sincerest regards.
The final phase of qualifiers will be played in March 2019 with the top two teams in Group F, Ghana and Kenya, set to face off.