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Kenya's Group F opponents, Sierra Leone suspended by Fifa

17:44 WAT 05/10/2018
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The ban is likely to have a direct impact on Harambee Stars' chances of qualifying for the 2019 Afcon finals from Group F

The Sierra Leone FA has been suspended by Fifa with immediate effect.

The ban comes after the Anti-Corruption Commission barred SLFA President Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara, just five days before they take on Ghana in a Group F match of the Afcon qualifier.

As a result, the federation has lost all its membership rights with its national and affiliated club teams no longer entitled to take part in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

The ban is likely to have a direct impact on Harambee Stars' chances of making it to the 2019 Afcon finals from Group F where the West African nation had been pooled alongside Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia.

"The suspension will be lifted once the SLFA and its recognised leadership have confirmed to Fifa that the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again," Fifa said in a statement.

When reached for comment, FKF President Nick Mwendwa refused to celebrate because of the ban but asked Kenya to get a positive result against Ethiopia especially away.

"We cannot celebrate because of a ban. We must remain focused and get our job done against Ethiopia. That is what we have to do," Mwendwa told Goal.

Sierra Leone was scheduled to take on Ghana on October 11. The other Group F members are Kenya and Ethiopia, who will clash on October 10. Sierra Leone, like each of the other three teams in Group F, have three points to their name after matchday two.