The New Times (Kigali)

26 February 2013

Rwanda: Eliminated Pepiniere Upset With FA Decision

Second division side Pepiniere feel aggravated with the decision by Ferwafa to eliminate them from the Peace Cup competition despite winning their preliminary round match against Primus National Football League side La Jeunesse.

Pepiniere beat La Jeunesse 4-2 on penalties after normal time had ended goalless. However, in a twist of events, they found themselves caught on the wrong side a boardroom decision that eliminated them to square up things in terms of number of teams to play in the round of 16.

Muhanga, Pipinierre and Musanze all qualified from the preliminary round on penalties after all drawing 0 - 0, yet only two had to progress, leaving the unfortunate one to lick their wounds.

The Ferwafa official in charge of competitions Boniface Nsabimana said that they considered how the three teams performed statistically and, after finding that they all had similar stats, it was left on their standings in the league to determine who exits, and it was Pepiniere.

According to Ferwafa rules governing the Peace Cup, article 5 says that if the teams drew, Ferwafa would give a chance to the team with the best attack and in case that fails, their league positions come into play.

Muhanga and Musanze eliminated top flight division rivals Police FC and SC Kiyovu 4-2 on penalties but, because they sit in higher positions in the league, it was Pepiniere, who are struggling in Pool B in the second division that paid the price.

However, their coach Jean Marie Munyenkumburwa was left baffled by how his team could be eliminated not on the field of play but by a boardroom decision.

"I don't understand how Ferwafa do their things, but as a coach, I did my job which was to win the match so the rest is in the hands of my bosses," a disappointed former 408 FC player told Times Sport.

The 35-year old noted that it would be meaningless for his bosses to even consider appealing the decision because "nothing will change as a final verdict has been made," by the powers that be.

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