Harambee Starlets out of AWCON, CAF says

Harambee Starlets out of AWCON, CAF says

  • Kenya's Harambee Starlets were due to play Uganda in a double header as part of the last qualifying round of fixtures in February
  • The Ugandans have thus progressed to the AWCON finals, joining hosts Morocco as the only teams to have qualified for the continental showpiece that will be held in July

Kenya's Harambee Starlets have withdrawn from the Africa Women's Cup of Nations qualifying, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced.

Kenya's Harambee Starlets were due to play Uganda in a double header as part of the last qualifying round of fixtures in February.

The Ugandans have thus progressed to the AWCON finals, joining hosts Morocco as the only teams to have qualified for the continental showpiece that will be held in July. 

Earlier in the day, Football Kenya Federation Caretaker Committee chairman Judge (Rtd) Aaron Ringera had reiterated the match would go ahead as reports emerged Kenya had pulled out through a letter from the ousted FKF CEO Barry Otieno.

Otieno wrote to the CAF saying the national organisation was unable to carry out for preparations for the match because they have been stripped of those powers by the government and locked out of their offices. 

The Sports CS Amina Mohamed announced the dissolution of FKF over the misappropriation of funds in a move that followed the arrest of federation boss Nick Mwendwa.

"The Cabinet Secretary also ordered for the immediate lock down of of the FKF premises, denying all FKF staff access to the office. A situation that has completely incapacitated the federation's operations.

"In view of the above and taking into consideration the existing government directive over all football activities, the federation is unable to independently plan and successfully execute any international matches, which includes the upcoming Kenya vs Uganda AWCON 2022 qualifier matches," Otieno wrote in the statement. 

The AWCON is Africa's biggest football competition for women, bringing together 12 of the continent's best teams all battling for the right to be called African champions. 

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