Rwanda’s head coach Stephen Constantine has expressed grief after the Amavubi were disqualified from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
Constantine who took charge of the Amavubi in May on a two-year contract revealed that he is shocked by Caf’s decision to ban Rwanda from the continental competition.
“I am absolutely devastated by this decision from Caf especially as Libya also complained and the case was ruled in our favour what has changed? To be honest it is a shocking decision from Caf,” explained a shocked Constantine.
Rwanda has been penalized for fielding a player with two identities in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Amavubi striker DadyBirori who scored a hat-trick for Rwanda against Libya is also known as TadyAgitiEtekiama at his club AS Vita where he plies his trade.
The 3-0 aggregate score against Libya eliminated the latter to set up a date against Congo Brazzaville. Rwanda lost 2-0 in Pointe Noir after which the Congolese Football Federation (Fecofoot) contested Birori’s eligibility.
Amavubi won 2-0 in Kigali to force a penalty shootout that the hosts won 4-3 to book a place in Group A in the last round of qualification to the continental showpiece that will be hosted in Morocco.
Congo Brazzaville replaces Rwanda in Group A that consists the reigning champions Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.