Ghana seals qualification for 2019 AFCON after CAF decision on Sierra Leone

Ghana seals qualification for 2019 AFCON after CAF decision on Sierra Leone

The Black Stars of Ghana have automatically qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took a decision on Sierra Leone.

The four-time African champions secured their qualification after CAF removed Sierra Leone from the qualifiers.

Sierra Leone was removed from the qualifiers following world football governing body FIFA's suspension.

Ghana seals qualification for 2019 AFCON after CAF decision on Sierra Leone

Ghana seals qualification for 2019 AFCON after CAF decision on Sierra Leone (Photo credit: supplied)

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

The removal of Sierra Leone means Kenya will stay top of the group with seven points after two wins and a draw with just one match remaining in the group.

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

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CAF's decision leaves Ethiopia with just one point as they lose the three points amassed from their win over the Leone Stars in September.

With just one match remaining in the group scheduled for March next year, Ethiopia cannot overtake both Kenya and Ghana which means the two sides have sealed their places in the tournament.

The president of Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Nick Mwendwa, revealed that CAF took the decision to remove Sierra Leone after an Executive Committee meeting on Friday, November 30, 2018.

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"The Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of CAF met in Accra, Ghana on Friday (November 30),” Mwendwa told the Daily Nation.

"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," he added

The Black Stars will play in the 32nd edition of Africa Cup of Nations slated for June 15 to July 13, 2019.

Ghana and Kenya have joined Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Guinea, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Madagascar as the teams that have now qualified for the AFCON finals.

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