30 August 2014

Rwanda: Disqualification of Rwanda Upheld On Appeal

The Appeals Board of CAF has upheld the decision of the Organizing Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations which disqualified Rwanda from the final group phase of qualifying for AFCON Morocco 2015.

Congo is therefore qualified for the last phase of qualification for the Orange AFCON Morocco 2015 and will compete in Group A against Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan in place of Rwanda.

This decision was taken following the Appeals Board hearing of 27 August, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt which upheld the decision of August 17 of the Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations which disqualified Rwanda based on Article 41 of the AFCON regulations.

The regulation states that any team that has committed fraud on the identity of a player for qualification and/or involved a suspended player, will lose the match and shall be eliminated from the competition by decision of the organizing committee who would decide on such matters with facts clearly established.

It was established that the player Dady Birori, playing with the national team of Rwanda was the same that played in the Champions League with the club AS Vita using the name Etekiama Agiti Tady.

Based on the documents on record, it was evident that the Rwandan federation was aware of this double identity but proceeded to feature the player for the national team while he held a different identity with the club.

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