m_Rwanda disqualified from Afcon qualifiers, Congo qualify

The appeal filed by Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) to the CAf Board of Appeal has turned out unsuccessful, according to Rwanda Football Federation.

Rwanda presented their case to the Caf Board of Appeal hoping that the continental football governing body would reverse the decision to disqualify the Amavubi from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers.

On Wednesday this week, Ferwafa president Vincent Degaule Nzamwita, secretary general Olivier Mulindahabi and the Ferwafa lawyer Emmanuel Ndajigimana were in Cairo, Egypt to present their case.

The Appeals Board was chaired by Prosper Abega [Cameroon] and was graced by members such as Ahmed Mujahid Othman [Egypt], Chitbahal Bhai Mustapha [Mauritius] and Mohamed Boudahi El Kory [Mauritania] and attended by the members of CAF secretariat and competitions department.

After three days, CAF sent a 24-page document slamming Rwanda’s appeal on Saturday, a feat which means that Congo will remain in qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

The Ferwafa Secretary General Olivier Mulindahabi confirmed the development saying, “We have just received an email from CAF deeming our appeal unsuccessful. We are going to meet and find a way forward,”

Rwanda made the appeal following Caf’s decision to ban Rwanda for using an ineligible player with two identities – Dady Birori as he is known in Rwanda and Tady Agiti Etekiama – a name he uses at his club AS Vita in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Born in Kinshasa, Birori received Rwandan nationality in 2009 while playing for Mukura Victory Sport in the topflight division and has since featured for the Amavubi before receiving Congolese nationality last year.

Birori whose Rwandan passport indicates that he was born on December 12, 1986 also possesses a Congolese passport under the names of Tady Agiti Etekiama that indicates he was born on December 13, 1990 that he received last year.

It is this double identity that Caf based on to ban the player a fortnight ago before turning their guns on Rwanda a week later wielding the axe that sent the East African country out of the continental showpiece.

This followed a complaint filed by the Congolese Football Federation (Fecofoot) after their 2-0 victory over Rwanda in Pointe Noir in July, a game in which Birori featured in.

Congo Brazzaville then travelled to Kigali and lost 2-0 to tie the aggregate at 2-2 and force a penalty shootout which Rwanda dominated 4-3 to qualify for the group stage qualifiers. Birori did not play this game as he was summoned by Caf over his ineligibility.

Rwanda was replaced by Congo Brazzaville in Group A alongside Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.

Birori had earlier scored a hat-trick as Rwanda shocked Libya in the return leg in Kigali after a 0-0 result in Tunisia in May. Libya’s complaint based on the same argument was thrown out by Caf.