The Rwandan National Team is appealing a decision by the CAF to disqualify the country based on the identity of a player they used in the team’s qualifying matches against Libya and Republic of Congo.
The decision temporarily means the Republic of Congo will take Rwanda’s place in the group stage, pending the appeal.
Rwandan striker Dady Birori was deemed to have an alternate identity – Tady Etekiama (or Etekiama Agiti Tady) – under a Congolese passport and stating a different date of birth, used for play with his club team AS Vita of the Republic of Congo.
“[We] established that the two identities only referred to a single person,” said the CAF in a release.
The player in question scored a hat-trick in Rwanda’s first-round victory over Libya as Rwanda went through 3-0 on aggregate. He played but did not score in leg one of their second round match against Congo, which Rwanda lost 2-0. They won the second leg 2-0 and won the matchup on a penalty shootout. He did not feature in the second leg.
According to the BBC, Rwanda claims they were not aware of his multiple identities, but investigators have countered with the recall summons the player received from the national team, which uses his club identity.
Biori has been suspended indefinitely, and the CAF says they will make a decision on how long his ban will be next month. They said they reserve the right to “impose additional sanctions if necessary.”
The 2015 African Cup of Nations will be held in Morocco and will take place in January and February. Players often leave their club teams during this time to join in the tournament.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.