Sierra Leone’s removal from qualifiers guarantees Ghana’s qualification for AFCON

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Ghana has qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) removed Sierra Leone from the qualifiers.

The Black Stars secured their place in the competition after CAF decided to exclude the Leone Stars following the suspension of the country by FIFA.

The decision to remove Sierra Leone from the qualifiers means the Black Stars qualify for the tournament along with Kenya in Group F.

Kenya will stay atop the group with seven points after two wins and a draw with just one match remaining in the group.

Ghana remains one point behind Kenya in second place after defeating Ethiopia 5-0 and 2-0 in Kumasi and Addis Ababa respectively.

This leaves Ethiopia with just one point as they the three points amassed from their win over the Leone Stars in September in Awasa goes down the drain with the removal of Sierra Leone.

With only one match remaining in the group in March next year, Kenya and Ghana have ensured their places in the tournament as it is impossible for Ethiopia to make any progression.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa revealed that CAF took the decision to remove Sierra Leone when they met at an Executive Committee meeting on Friday.

“The Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of Caf met in Accra, Ghana on Friday (November 30). One of the decisions made at the meeting was to remove Sierra Leone from the list of competitors in our group.”

“We are now waiting for the official letter from Caf, but we have already qualified. We expect the letter from Caf this week.”

Ghana joins Kenya, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Guinea, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Madagascar at the finals.