THE BOARD OF APPEAL in the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has set August 27 as the day when they will meet to discuss on Rwanda’s appeal over their disqualification from the Orange Africa Cup of Nations-Morocco 2015 qualifiers.
The Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations on August 17 declared Rwanda losers of against Congo on July 20 in Pointe-Noire, for fielding an ineligible player – EtakiamaAgitiTady/Daddy Birori, who has Rwandese and DR Congo nationalities but with different date of births.
Congo was subsequently consigned to Group A as replacement for Rwanda, joining Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan for the final phase of the qualifiers.
The development which was announced yesterday by CAF comes a few days after Rwanda filed its appeal to the continental body and is also willing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport should the outcome not come in Rwanda’s way.
The player at the center of the controversy has two passports, one for Rwanda, under the name Daddy Birori, born December 12, 1986, and a Congolese (DR Congo) passport, in which he is identified as AgitiTadyEtekiama, born December 13, 1990.
Birori who has featured for Rwandan Kibuye, Mukura, SC Kiyovu and Atraco has played continental club championship licensed by CAF using the same name and nationality.
Birori has also been playing for Rwanda since 2009 and represented the country in qualifiers for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, both of which Rwanda failed to qualify for.
Rwanda is the third team to be disqualified in the 2015 African Nations Cup’s qualifying competition. Equatorial Guinea was thrown out for fielding an ineligible player and Gambia was removed after being banned from all competitions for fielding over-age players in a youth tournament. Two other countries, Eritrea and Seychelles, withdrew.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian club Zamalek also reportedly appealed to Caf over Birori’s eligibility after losing out to Kinshasa-based AS Vita for a place in the semi-finals of the African Champions League club tournament.