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21st January 2019

SLPP Blamed for Leone Star's CAF Eviction from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations!

By a press release (05/12/18)

The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football CAF has disqualified Sierra Leone from the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Latest reports say Sierra Leone have been disqualified from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign because of the SLPP government interference in the country's football association. (Photo: VP Dr. Juldeh Jalloh, 2nd right, Justice Minister Priscilla Schwartz, 1st right and Isha Johansen, 1st left, listen as FIFA boss Gianni Infantino speaks during the peace talks in Zurich).

This latest development means Harambee Stars of Kenya and Ghana Black Stars will qualify automatically for next year's Nations Cup finals from Group F, where Sierra Leone had participated though poorly.

Sierra Leone were suspended from all football activities by the world football governing body FIFA in October and during which an investigation was launched. They have not played any qualifying matches since that ban.

The FIFA ban was imposed after the Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) headed by Francis Ben Kaifala barred Sierra Leone Football Association President Isha Johansen and General Secretary Christopher Kamara from the governing body's offices. Both deny any wrongdoing.

The Confederation of African Football, which made the decision on last 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 are top of Group F on seven points from three matches, with Ghana a point behind. Ethiopia are 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 because of security and logistical reasons.

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