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Bissau's Afcon Progress Thrown into Doubt

Kenya could find themselves still in the hunt for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification after Zambia raised a complaint against Guinea-Bissau who earned a shock qualification by topping Group E with a game to spare.

Bissau, the group's underdogs qualified for their first ever Nations Cup after a 3-2 win over Zambia. However, the Zambian Football Association CEO Ponga Liwewe told BBC Sport there was an "issue related to the game".

He added: "If the Confederation of African Football rules in our favour, it will have far-reaching implications. That is what we are waiting for."

How the group stands

Guinea-Bissau top their group with an unassailable 10 points - four ahead of both Congo and Zambia with Kenya two points further adrift - with just one round of matches left.

Should CAF listen to and rule in favor of Zambia, Kenya could find themselves qualifying for the Gabon show if they beat the Chipolopolo who they visit in the last qualifying match in September. Harambee Stars lost both their home and away legs against Guinea Bissau meaning that if results against the Djurtus were to be scrapped, they'll still remain on four points.

There have been reports the Zambian FA's protest centres on the eligibility of Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Pape Massa Mbaye Fall, who was born in Senegal.

However, Liwewe would not be drawn when asked about the nature of his organisation's protest.

"After the game in Guinea-Bissau, the FA sat down, consulted among themselves and sent some correspondence to Caf about several queries and issues we had," he said.

"It's premature to make pronouncements until we get some feedback from Caf."

The ultimate sanction, should Guinea-Bissau be found guilty of any wrongdoing, is disqualification.

Group E Standings

Guinea Bissau - 10 points

Congo - 6 points

Zambia - 6 points

Kenya - 4 points

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