Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) held their Extraordinary General Meeting in Musanze District on September 17 & 18, 2016 at La Palme Hotel in Musanze District.
Below are the resolutions:
1. Appointment of New Secretary General
The Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved the appointment of Mrs. Uwamahoro Latifah Tharcille as the New Secretary General of Rwanda Football federation.
2. Partnership with African Football Associations
Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) signed football development partnerships with Gabon and Angola Football Associations. The football development partnership was also graced with Morocco FA representative Hajji Mouad.
Gabon Football Association was represented by President Mr. Pierre Alain Munguengui while Angola FA was represented by President Pedro Neto.
The partnership is aimed at ensuring football development in both Youth and Women categories.
Morocco and Rwanda FAs have an existing partnership since 2015 aimed at boosting technical development specifically in areas of medical assistance, infrastructure and nations team camps.
3. Azam Rwanda Premier League 2016/17 Prize Money
The Ferwafa Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved the prize money for the Azam Rwanda Premier League 2016/17 and 2016 Peace Cup Tournament.
The increase in prize money is aimed at giving value to the league and bringing motivation to clubs to stage competitive performances in the upcoming season.
For Azam Rwanda Premier League
Champion- Rwf 25m
Top Two: Rwf 3m
Top Four: Rwf 2m each
Top Eight: Rwf 2m each
All 16 teams: Rwf 10m each
Peace Cup Tournament
Winner: Rwf 10m
Second: Rwf. 3m
Third: Rwf. 2m
4. 2016/17 Azam Rwanda Premier League Season
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved the 2016/17 Azam Rwanda Premier League Season to start on October 14, 2016.
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved an Adhoc Committee composed of Mr. John Ntwali (La Jeunesse), Mr. Aarron Rurangira (Ferwafa Excom), Mr. Sekibibi Jean de Dieu (Kiyovu), Mr. Alexis Nshimiyinana (Miroplast) and Mr. Kayiranga Albert (Ferwafa Excom) to do a field mission of visiting and approving match venues for the upcoming season.
Match Venues in question are for Gicumbi Fc, Espoir FC, Kirehe Fc, Musanze Fc, Sunrise Fc, Bugesera Fc, Pepiniere Fc and Amagaju Fc respectively. The same Adhoc committee will then update the fixtures for the next season based on the recommended match venues.
5. Electronic Ticketing of Azam Rwanda Premier League Matches
Following a meeting between FERWAFA Executive Committee, Ministry of Sports and Culture and the Ticketing Company Innovys, it was agreed that Innovys remain in contract to handle ticketing issues of National Team Matches as FERWAFA secures a private company to undertake electronic ticketing of all Azam Rwanda Premier League Matches.
After approving match venues for the next season, FERWAFA will invite interested companies to bid for the activity of undertaking the electronic ticketing of all Ferwafa league matches.
6. Start of 2016/2017 Second Division League
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved the 2016/17 Second Division League to start on November 19, 2016. Players aged U21s will be allowed to compete in this league such that those who played the previous season while aged 20 can still get a chance to play.
Also, clubs are allowed to field 8 U23s players on each match but only 3 will be allowed to be fielded in the starting XI.
7. Gasabo United Fc and Unity Fc given a one-year ban
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved a one-year ban for second Division Clubs Gasabo United and Unity Fc after they lost three matches by default in this year’s second division league.
The decision was taken by the Extra Ordinary General Assembly based on Article 89 (1) of the FERWAFA Competition Regulation which states that any club that loses 3 matches by default in a championship during the same sporting season is automatically excluded by default for the continuation of the matches of the aforesaid championship and is relegated to a lower division.
In case there is no lower division, such a club is suspended for a sporting season in the competitions.
8. Gasabo United Fc and Unity Fc Presidents handed 5-year bans from all football activities:
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved a 5-year ban for the President of Unity Fc Mr. Kakye Emmanuel from all football activities based on article 89 (4) which states that the President whose club has been declared loser by default during his/her term of office shall, from then onwards and for five years, not be a member of the executive committee of any affiliated club or of a body of the Federation or of its leagues.
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved a provisional 5-year ban for President Gasabo United Mr. Gisanura Raoul Ngezi from all football activities based on article 89 (4) pending final decision from the Appeal Commission.
9. Two-Year ban for SEC Fc President
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved a 2-year ban for SEC Fc President Mr. Munyandamutsa Augustin and a fine of Rwf. 500, 000 for offence against honour and Incitement to hatred or violence as cited in Article 55 and 58 of the FERWAFA Disciplinary Code.
Article 55: Offense against honour, section B of Ferwafa Disciplinary Code which states that whoever, by any means whatsoever, including gestures, insults, or broadcast messages, offends the honour of an individual, shall be suspended for (a) match(es):
S/he is an officer, it will be at least four (4) matches;
Article 58: Incitement to hatred or violence: The player, official or officer who publicly incites people to hatred or violence shall be punished by a ban on all football activity for a period of one calendar year with a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand francs (RWF 500,000). In severe cases, especially when the offense is committed by means of mass media (e.g. newspapers, radio or television) or if it occurred on the day of the match inside the stadium or in its immediate vicinity, the ban will be two years with a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand francs (RWF 500,000).
10. FERWAFA Competition Regulation Adjustments
A). Yellow Cards
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved the increase of yellow cards for a player to be suspended in the Azam Rwanda Premier League from 2 to 3.
In Women Football League, substitutes will increase from the normal 3 to 5 players just like it is in Second Division League.
C). Peace Cup Tournament
The Peace Cup Tournament will be played over two legs at each qualification category to help upcoming players in second division league clubs gain enough exposure when they face first division clubs.
D). Junior teams Competition
The FERWAFA Extra ordinary General Assembly approved to have the junior clubs of the first division & second division teams playing in a zonal tournament on each match day of the Azam Rwanda Premier League.
An Adhoc Committee composed of Mr. Mpawenimana Ismael (VJN), Mr. Ndizeye Yves (Vision Fc), Mr. Mpanzi Suzuki (Intare), Mr. Nshimiyimana Alexis (Miroplast Fc) and Mr. Rwenedata Jean Pierre (Hope Fc) will work with the Competitions Department in studying a formidable Playing Format for the Junior League Competition.
11. Club Licensing
The FERWAFA Extra ordinary General Assembly approved the club licensing framework for Rwandan clubs APR, Rayon Sports which will compete in next year’s CAF Club Competitions.
The FIFA Club Licensing system requires clubs to commit to minimum standards and principles in five key areas:
• Sporting criteria e.g. clubs must have a youth development programme; clubs must promote fair play
• Infrastructure criteria e.g. clubs must have safe, comfortable stadiums for fans, families and media; clubs must have training facilities
• Personnel and administrative criteria e.g. clubs must have qualified coaches and medical staff and professional, well-educated management
• Legal criteria e.g. clubs must adhere to international statutes; club ownership must be transparent and fair
• Financial criteria e.g. independent auditing of club finances
Both APR Fc and Rayon Sports will seek their club player licenses before October 31, 2016 before confirming their engagement for next year’s continental competitions by November 11, 2016.
CAF Officials will visit Rwandan Clubs APR Fc and Rayon Sports to make a follow-up on how far they have reached in implementing the Club Licensing framework.
12. FERWAFA Business Plan
The FERWAFA Extra Ordinary General Assembly approved the Business Plan for the Ferwafa Hotel whose construction starts before the end of this year. The 3-star Ferwafa Hotel is an income generating project that will house national teams.
The project will cost $4.7 million to go into construction, furnishing and pre-opening.
The hotel’s initial funding will be secured from FIFA, FERWAFA and a loan from a local bank.
In the end, the project will eventually generate profit to FERWAFA as well as help to reduce costs with FERWAFA teams staying at reduced rates.