LIBYA FOOTBALL Association has sought services from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to disqualify Rwanda in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers claiming that striker Dady Birori is not a Rwandan by nationality.
According to Rwanda Football Federation, Ferwafa, Libya has taken the matter to the continental body a month after Rwanda knocked out the Mediterranean Knights in the first round of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.
The Ferwafa Secretary General Olivier Mulindahabi told the media on Thursday, “Its true Libya is questioning Birori’s nationality. They believe he is a Congolese and they have taken the matter to Caf,”
“On our behalf, we are preparing to send his national identity card as well as his Rwandan passport proving that Birori is indeed a Rwandan by nationality and has previously featured in the local league for five years,” said Mulindahabi.
Libya believes Birori is a Congolese and once featured for Atraco in the Champions League on a Congolese passport in 2009. However, Mulindahabi challenges, “Our nation allows dual nationality and having used his Congolese passport doesn’t deny him the right to be a Rwandan,”
Birori has played for Mukura, Atraco, SC Kiyovu in Rwanda and AS Vita Club, Virunga in DR Congo. He made his senior international debut for Rwanda in 2009 and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals in 20 international appearances.
Last month, the lethal striker bagged a hat trick as Rwanda stunned Libya 3-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The 27-year-old striker struck before halftime in Kigali and twice more within nine minutes midway through the second half.
His goals gave the ‘Wasps’ a 3-0 overall second-round triumph and they face Congo Brazzaville for a Group A slot beside Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.
It was a dream debut for English coach Stephen Constantine, who took charge of Rwanda just two weeks ago having watched the goalless first encounter.
Libya are ranked 12th in Africa and won the African Nations Championship (Chan) for home-based footballers just six months ago in Cape Town.
Rwanda lays 27 places lower and has been largely in the doldrums since their sole Cup of Nations finals appearance 10 years ago.