A former Rwanda Volleyball Federation official has been handed a two-year sentence.

Jean de Dieu Bagirishya, who until his arrest and subsequent sentencing, was the Rwanda Volleyball Federation vice-president was found guilty of forgery.

The Rwandan government apprehended Bagirishya just two days after the conclusion of the 2021 Women’s Africa Nations Championship staged in Kigali form September 12 – 20.

Bagirishya was accused of forging documents belonging to four Brazilian players to allow them to play for Rwanda in the tournament.

He joined sports journalist Jado Castar who pleaded guilty of the same offence Thursday.

They duo conspired to forge the documents of the Brazilian quartet whose participation at the 2021 Women’s Africa Volleyball Championship saw Rwanda got kicked out of the tournament.

Rwanda was hosting the continental event but was nonetheless bundled out of the tourney after Morocco and Nigeria successfully lodged a protest, accusing the host of fielding ineligible players.

The players are Aline Siqueira, Apolinario Caroline Taina, Mariana Da Silva and Moreira Bianca Gomes.

Rwanda had beaten Nigeria and Morocco in the group stages and would have played losing finalists, Kenya, in the semis.

Cameroon won the tournament to book a ticket to the 2022 FIVB World Championship. Kenya, the record African champions, will also take part at the global showpiece.

Bagirishya can appeal the decision.

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