Kenya’s Harambee Stars adventure at the 2019 African Cup of Nations is officially over after just three matches at the group stages, and following the Tuesday 2 July game pitting Cameroon against Benin.
Harambee Stars, who lost twice in Group C, were clinging on hope only following their loss to Senegal on Monday 1 July, as the team led by Sebastien Migne was looking to sneak into the second round as one of the best third placed teams.
However, as it turned out, the prayer by Kenya’s fans that Benin would lose to Cameroon failed to play out, meaning Benin, who have three points in Group F, just like Stars in Group C, rise to join the best top four teams ranked third in their groups, pushing Kenya just out.
As it stands at the moment, Guinea are the best ranked third placed team with four points while DR Congo, Benin and South Africa occupy the remaining three slots.
No effect on Harambee Stars
Angola, who play Mali in the last group match of the 2019 AFCON, have two points from three matches and could further change matters as they look to force their way in. While Angola goes to the match, the outcome will not change anything in favor of Harambee Stars.
This marks yet another failure by the Kenya national team to make it past the group stages at the premier competition on the continent.