Suspended Sierra Leone’s qualifier against Kenya canceled
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya on Sunday has been canceled as the West African nation remains suspended by FIFA for government interference in its national association.
It’s the third Sierra Leone qualifier to be canceled after back-to-back games against Ghana were called off last month.
Sierra Leone’s suspension has left its qualifying group for next year’s African championship in Cameroon in limbo.
In a letter to the Sierra Leone Football Association on Wednesday, the Confederation of African Football said it hadn’t yet decided if the canceled matches will be awarded to the country’s opponents.
Two teams qualify from the group.
FIFA suspended Sierra Leone last month in an effort to protect football association president Isha Johansen and her secretary general, who have been suspended from their roles and prevented from entering their offices while they are on trial for corruption.
The world body deemed the actions to be government interference and said the suspension would remain in place until the association offices and bank accounts were back under the two soccer officials’ control.
Johansen and secretary general Chris Kamara both pleaded not guilty to the corruption charges.