Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has asked CAF for the postponement or relocation of its Confederation Cup first round second leg involving Nigerian club Rivers United and Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa.

Nigeria said this request followed the refusal of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to step down on some of the Covid-19 protocols like quarantine period for the South African contingent.

A statement from the office of the NFF Secretary-General, Dr. Ahmed Sanusi to CAF reads: “The Nigeria Football Federation wish to kindly request the general secretary (CAF) to consider the postponement of the game and a possible rescheduling of both the date and venue of the match, with the possibility of staging the match in any Nigeria neighbouring countries with a little less stringent Covid-19 protocols,” the Nigerian soccer authorities requested in a letter to CAF Monday.

It will also be noted that South Africa is the origin of a new variant of the Coronavirus, which is far more transmissible than the original strain.

The Confederation Cup tie between Rivers United and Bloemfontein Celtic is scheduled for Wednesday in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.

CAF has warned that Rivers United will be thrown out of the Confederation Cup if they failed to secure a waiver from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for South African opponents Bloemfontein Celtic.

CAF warned the tie will be awarded to the South African club should they be unable to play the return leg in Nigeria.

It is learnt that NCDC is yet to approve an application for Celtic to fly into Nigeria for tomorrow’s Confederation Cup first round second leg tie in Port Harcourt without having to adhere to quarantine and other Covid-19 measures.

The first leg in South Africa a fortnight ago ended with Rivers United winning 2-0.

The overall winners of this match-up will advance to the final playoff leading to the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

 


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