The Competitions Commision of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) met on Monday, 25/09/2017 to decide on the fate of the Super Cup 2017 which was halted on Saturday, 23/09/2017 due to power failure moments which resulted from technical problems with Umuganda Stadium internal installation.
The Competitions Commission was comprised of its president Mwanafunzi Albert, Mbabazi Alain, Uwamahoro ariane and Nzeyimana Felix.
The Commission reviewed article 8 of the Super Cup regulation as well as the FERWAFA Competition regulation, but then referred to article 99 of the Ferwafa competition regulation after finding no provision that clearly puts into consideration the fate of the Super Cup match which was abandoned on Saturday, 23/09/2017.
Article 99 of the Ferwafa competition regulation states that for all the cases not provided for in these regulations, the jurisprudence of Fédération Internationale de Football Association shall apply.
FIFA Competition Regulations
The FERWAFA Competition Commission based on the general provisions as provided by the regulation of the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017 held in Russia from June 17 to July 2, 2017.
Article 6 of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Regulations refers on the Withdrawal, unplayed matches and abandoned matches.
Article 6.7 of the FIFA Confederations Cup states:
Further to the above provision, in the case of a match being abandoned as a
result of force majeure after it has already kicked off, the following principles
a) the match shall recommence at the minute at which play was interrupted
rather than being replayed in full, and with the same scoreline;
b) the match shall recommence with the same players on the pitch and
substitutes available as when the match was abandoned;
c) no additional substitutes may be added to the list of players on the start
d) the teams can make only the number of substitutions to which they were
still entitled when the match was abandoned;
e) players sent off during the abandoned match cannot be replaced;
f) any sanctions imposed before the match was abandoned remain valid for
the remainder of the match;
g) the match shall restart at the place where play was stopped when the
match was abandoned (i.e. with a free kick, throw-in, goal kick, corner kick,
penalty kick, etc.). If the match was abandoned while the ball was still in
play, it shall restart with a dropped ball from the position of the ball when
play was stopped;
h) the kick-off time, date (which shall be foreseen for the following day)
and location shall be decided by the FIFA Organising Committee;
i) any matters requiring a further decision shall be handled by the FIFA Organising Committee.
The FERWAFA Competition Commission applied the above mentioned regulation in coming to a final decision over the fate of the FERWAFA Super Cup 2017.
1. In its resolution, the FERWAFA Competitions Commission decided to have the Super Cup match between APR Fc and Rayon Sports be staged at Stade Nyamirambo on Wednesday, 27/09/2017 at 16h00.
2. The FERWAFA Competition Commission pushed the start of the 2017/2018 Azam Rwanda Premier League to 30/09/2017.
3. The opening match of the 2017/18 Azam Rwanda Premier League between Rayon Sports Fc and AS Kigali will be played on October 1, 2017.