The football governing body announced that it would not lift a suspension that has seen the Sierra Leone national team fail to play the last 2 AFCON qualifying matches until an ongoing trial against the officials was complete.
“FIFA recognises that there is an ongoing trial by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone against the SLFA President, Isha Johansen, and the SLFA General Secretary, Christopher Kamara.
“In that regard, FIFA will wait for the completion of the trial before further measures can be considered, including the lifting of the suspension by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, if deemed appropriate,” the statement read in part.
Kenya currently sits on top of Group F in the AFCON Qualifiers with seven points, but the Sierra Leone situation complicates matters for them.
A ticket to the finals in 2019 in Cameroon appeared sealed after a historic win versus Ethiopia at the Kasarani Stadium.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancelled Sierra Leone’s matches scheduled matches against Ghana on October 11 and 15 respectively.
If the suspension is lifted, Harambee Stars will face Sierra Leone at home on November 18 in the penultimate group match.
A win will guarantee a place at AFCON with the last qualifying match to be played against Ghana in Accra in March 2019.
Kenya last appeared at AFCON in 2004 under coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee.
Mulee tipped the team to go on and impress at the 2019 continental showpiece, explaining that coach Sebastian Migne had several quality options at his disposal in various positions.