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FKF President Nick Mwendwa: Kenya must grace Awcon finals on regular basis

1:45 PM WAT 03/12/2018
FKF President Nick Mwendwa and Kenya U-23.
Caf confirmed Sierra Leone's disqualification from the ongoing Afcon qualifiers, affirming Kenya’s participating in the 2019 finals

Football Kenya Federation have vowed to ensure that Kenya always makes it to the Afcon finals.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa has exclusively told that he wants the country to make the qualification to the bi-annual competition a norm. This comes just hours after Caf confirmed that Kenya will take part in the 2019 finals after disqualifying Sierra Leone from the Afcon qualifiers.

The Leone Stars, who were unable to honour their last three matches of Group F due to a Fifa ban on their football association, have been kicked out of the series with just one round of games to go.

The results of their two games played thus far - against Kenya (2-1 win) and Ethiopia (1-0 defeat) - have been nullified, leaving only three teams in the group.

“It is good news for Kenya that finally we are heading to Afcon after 15 years. I will say as FKF President that we would not have loved to qualify this way, and would have loved to win our matches and make it but what can we do, that is a decision by Caf and are happy with it.

“Our next step now is to make sure that Kenya becomes a regular participant in this competition. We need to emulate countries like Nigeria and Ghana, who never miss in this competition. We will do everything possible to make sure that we are always taking part and even win the tournament.”

By the current standings, Kenya and Ghana, with seven and six points to their names respectively, have secured qualification tickets for the final tournament ahead of the final and only remaining match of the group which coincidentally involves the two sides in March next year.

Five points adrift of the Black Stars on the second position and without any more games to play, Ethiopia are out of the race. Nothing but group winners’ status is up for grabs when the Black Stars host the Harambee Stars in March next year.