Sports 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers: Rwanda disqualified from playing against Nigeria

Nigeria's opponents Rwanda have been disqualified from taking part in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers by the Confederations of African Football(CAF).

Rwanda was thrown out of the competition by CAF after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player during the first round of qualifiers.

The Amavubis were scheduled to play the Super Eagles on September 6 in Calabar but they will now be replaced by Congo DR.

Rwanda fielded an ineligible player,Birori Dady who plays his club football for AS Vita Club of Kinshasa with a Congolese (DRC) passport as Etekiama Agiti Tady, and also with a different age.

The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT) during the first leg match of the second round of qualifying played against Rwanda on 20 July 2014 in Pointe-Noire.

"Following investigations by CAF and on the basis of documents provided by the federations of Rwanda, Congo and DR Congo, and hearing the player's testimony on 11 August 2014 at CAF headquarters in Cairo, CAF established that the two identities only referred to a single person" a statement on CAF website read.

"While the Rwandan Football Federation (FERWAFA) maintained that to their knowledge the player Dady Birori had one identity, investigations revealed that he was summoned as Etekiama Agiti Tady by FERWAFA to join the national team of Rwanda.

Rwanda have already started making plans for the game,and they even wrote to CAF to have the game against the Super Eagles being played at another venue other than Nigeria because of the threat of Ebola virus that has been reported in the country.

Nigeria will now on September 6 at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar,play Congo DR who will be taking the place of Rwanda.


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