Harambee Stars Likely To Miss Out On AFCON 2023 If FIFA Ban Is Not Lifted By July
Peter Kyeti
11 months ago

Harambee Stars are at risk of missing out on participating in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations if they fail to lift their recent suspension by July. Confederation of African Football (CAF) has warned.

"In case the suspension is not lifted two weeks before the matchday of the qualifiers, Kenya and Zimbabwe associations will be considered as losers and eliminated from the competition," read the statement in part.

The 2023 AFCON is set to take place between June and July of next year in the Ivory Coast.

CAF has set Tuesday, April 19 as the day when the qualifying group draws will be made. The qualifiers will kick off in July this year with the final set of matches set to be played in March 2023.

The continental football body said Kenya and Zimbabwe cannot be drawn in the same group to avoid one group remaining with only two teams if the suspension is not lifted by then.

The first two matchdays of the qualifiers are set to take place between May 30 and June 14. Match days three and four will then be held between September 19 and 27. The final two rounds will then take place between March 20 and 28, 2023.