AFCON: Kenya to face Cameroon, Namibia and Burundi in group C

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Kenya has been grouped with World Cup-bound Cameroon, Namibia and Burundi in the qualifiers for the 2023 Afcon in Ivory Coast.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening in Johannesburg South Africa.

Kenya like Zimbabwe, however, is serving indefinite FIFA suspensions over government interference.

The two associations of FIFA have up to two weeks to the first matchdays of the qualifiers to get the suspensions lifted for them to participate.

The Harambee Stars last qualified for the Afcon in 2019 in Egypt. They missed the last edition in Cameroon this year.

On paper, apart from Cameroon, the Stars stand a chance against Namibia and Burundi and can qualify for the finals.

Winners and runners-up in each group except H qualify for 24-team finals in the Ivory Coast during June and July 2023

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Ivory Coast automatically qualify from Group H as tournament hosts, along with the highest placed of the other three teams

Kenya and Zimbabwe are suspended by FIFA due to government interference in the running of the sport and they will be allowed to compete only if the bans are lifted by mid May

Group A

Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe or Mauritius

Group B

Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini

Group C

Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi

Group D

Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia

Group E

Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic

Group F

Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G

Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan

Group H

Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho

Group I

Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan

Group J

Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana

Group K

Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L

Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda

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