The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has come out and rubbish reports of alleged withdrawal of the Harambee Starlets against their Ugandan counterparts in the TOTAL Women AFCON Qualifiers 2022.
This followed FUFA’s announcement that Crested Cranes will play at this year’s Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations following the withdrawal of Kenya.
According to FUFA, the communication from CAF confirmed the withdrawal of Kenya from the Qualifiers.
“We regret to inform you that we have just received Kenya FA’s correspondence informing us of their withdrawal from Women AFCON- Morocco 2022,” the statement reads.
“Consequently, matches 45 and 46 are cancelled as well as the missions of all designated officials.”
The development therefore meant Uganda qualified to the 2022 edition that will be held in August in Morocco.
“Uganda is automatically qualified to the next round of the competition.” the CAF Communication further reads.
However, Football Kenya Federation Caretaker Committee confirmed early on Saturday that Harambee Starlets will travel to Uganda for their Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers slated for February 17.
“Presently, we can only treat the reports as mere rumours given we are yet to receive official communication from Caf confirming Kenya’s withdrawal,” FKF Caretaker Committee leagues and competitions secretary, Ali Amour said.
“As far as we are concerned the match between Kenya and Uganda is still on, and Harambee Starlets have already reported to camp for preparations,” he added.
The East African nations are set to face each on 17th February & 24th February in the second leg thriller in Kampala and Nairobi respectively.
The overall winner of both legs will qualify for the 2022 TOTAL Women AFCON slated to be held in Morocco.