Eagles now to face Congo
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will now host Congo in Calabar in the 2015 Afcon qualifiers after initial opponents Rwanda were disqualified from the qualifying series.
Congo’ protests against Rwanda using an ineligible player has yielded fruits as Caf has thrown the Amavubi out of the series.
Rwanda was disqualified from the Afcon 2015 qualifiers for fielding Dady Birori in the play-offs. The player was found to have been playing in the DRC under another name- Agiti Etekiama with a Congolese passport
The decision by Caf is in relation to the protest filed by followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation (FECOFOOT), which alleged the player suited up for their first leg match of the second round of qualifying played against Rwanda on 20 July 2014 in Pointe-Noire.
Caf has also suspended the player from playing for both club and country till further notice despite claims by Rwanda that they were unaware he had another identity.
Consequently, the African football ruling body said “Consign Congo to the group phase of the qualifiers of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations – Morocco in 2015 in Group A, as replacement for Rwanda.”
Nigeria were due to face Rwanda at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on September 6 in the first of her Group A matches towards qualifying for the Orange Afcon 2015 to be hosted by Morocco.
Defending champions Nigeria are in same group alongside Sudan, South Africa and with this resolution, Congo.