Confederation of African Football, CAF, has confirmed that Zimbabwe and Kenya will not be taking part in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 qualifiers.
Despite Kenya’s and Zimbabwe’s suspension by FIFA due to political interference, CAF had included both countries in the draw on a provisional basis, provided that the suspension was lifted 2 weeks before the first day of the playoff game.
Kenya was drawn alongside recent AFCON host, Cameroon in Group C with Namibia and Burundi. While Zimbabwe was in Group K with Morocco, South Africa and Liberia. These groups will now have only three teams each.
The playoffs are scheduled to kickoff in June 1, 2022.
CAF statements reads :
Because of the suspension, the following will apply:
– The two associations; Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA)will be considered losers and eliminated from the competition.
– Groups C and K will be composed only of three teams and the order of the matches will be maintained in accordance with the match schedule that has been communicated to the teams after the draw.
– The first and runner-up teams of those groups will qualify to the final tournament.
A total of 24 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament, including Ivory Coast, who qualify automatically as hosts.