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‘Birori’ banned from football and Rwanda appeal to stay in AFCON rejected

On Monday, Rwanda Football Federation [FERWAFA] President Vincent Nzamwita, accompanied by the organisation’s secretary general and a lawyer, travelled to Cairo for the CAF hearing


CONTROVERSIAL Rwanda international soccer player, Dady Birori, also known as Tady Agiti Etekiama, has been banned from football by CAF [African Football Confederation] who also rejected Rwanda’s appeal from being ejected from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

CAF banned Birori indefinitely from competing in any competition organised by the continental body.

CAF turned down Rwanda’s appeal against the disqualification from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers that commence on September 5.

Ineligible

Rwanda had appealed CAF’s decision to throw the Amavubi out of the continental showpiece after fielding an ineligible player who had double identity and two different passports with different birth dates.

Birori as he is known in Rwanda also features for AS Vita club in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he is called Tady Agiti Etekiama.

On Monday, Rwanda Football Federation [FERWAFA] President Vincent Nzamwita, accompanied by the organisation’s secretary general and a lawyer, travelled to Cairo for the CAF hearing over their appeal on Wednesday.

Passports

Birori who was born in Kinshasa on December 12, 1986 received his Rwandan nationality in 2009 but also got a Congolese passport last year that indicates that he was born on December 13, 1990.

Based on this information, the Congolese Football Federation (Fecofoot) filed a complaint with Caf after Congo Brazzaville’s 2-0 win in Pointe Noir in July, a game that Birori took part in.

Birori did not play in the return leg in Kigali as the Amavubi cruised to a shocking 2-0 triumph to tie the aggregate at 2-2 forcing a penalty shootout that the hosts won 4-3.

Against Nigeria

Rwanda then booked a place in Group “A” with Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan. However, following CAF’s decision a fortnight ago Rwanda has been replaced with Congo Brazzaville that takes on Nigeria in the first qualifying game on September 6 in Calabar.

The striker scored a hat-trick against Libya in the return leg in Kigali after a goalless draw in Tunisia in the first round of qualification setting up a date against Congo Brazzaville in the next round.

– Additional reporting by VoS Correspondent in Kigali