AFCON AFCON 2025: Kenya’s Harambee Stars to play Cameroon in qualifiers

Kenya’s Harambee Stars have been drawn to face Cameroon in the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In the draw conducted on Thursday by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Johannesburg, South Africa, Harambe Stars were pooled in Group J alongside the Indomitable Lions, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Group A will have Tunisian Madagascar, Comoros and the Gambia, Group B comprises of Lesotho, Central African Republic, Gabon, Morocco, Group C: Botswana, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Egypt and Group D: Rwanda, Libya, Benin, Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Group E will Liberia, Togo, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, Group G: Chad, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Group H, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Guinea, DR Congo, Group I: Eswatini, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Mali, Group K: South Sudan, Congo Brazzaville, Uganda, South Africa and Group L: Burundi, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Senegal.

Kenya will be making a return to the AFCON qualifiers having missed the qualifiers for the 2023 edition held in Ivory Coast. Having being pooled alongside Cameroon, Namibia and Burundi, Kenya were later disqualified before playing a single game following the indefinite ban slapped on the country by the World governing body FIFA for alleged government interference.

The ban occurred after the then Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed disbanded the FKF office led by President Nick Mwendwa and set up a six-man Normalization Committee.

Kenya are currently taking part in the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup where they have so far played four matches. They kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Gabon, recovered to beat Seychelles 5-0, drew 1-1 against Burundi and registered a 0-0 draw against African champions Ivory Coast.

They are currently sitting fourth on the six-team Group F with five points, five dewer than leaders the Elephants.The 35th edition will be hosted by Morocco for the second time and the first since 1988.

Morocco was originally scheduled to host the 2015 edition, but withdrew due to fears stemming from the Western African Ebola virus epidemic.

Due to FIFA expanding its Club World Cup competition to 32 teams and having it scheduled for June and July that year, this edition of the tournament will be played between 21 December 2025 and 18 January 2026.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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