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Confed Cup: Enyimba vs Al Ittihad clash may not hold as scheduled

Nigeria’s representative at the CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba FC’s clash against Al Ittihad of Libya in Tunisia may not hold as scheduled as the team is still in Morocco as at press time.

According to CAF fixture as stated on its website, the match is scheduled to hold tomorrow at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet – Monastir in Tunisia.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian side were left stranded at the Muhammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco for two days after the immigration officers refused to allow the team fly to Tunisia venue of the game demanding the eight-time Nigerian champions produce their COVID-19 vaccination cards before they are granted entry into Tunisia for their play-off match.

In a chat with the club’s media officer, Zazi Bariza Samuel confirmed the team have been rescued and are currently in a hotel in Morocco with the club awaiting CAF decision on the game if the game will go on as scheduled.

“The NFF came to our rescue and we are in a hotel in Morocco now. We are waiting for CAF to decide if the game will still go on as planned tomorrow. There should be a decision tonight, I believe,” he emphasized.

In an earlier statement, Bariza said the team had already secured Libyan visas before later scooping that the game would be played in Tunisia few days before the match.

“Upon arrival in Casablanca at around 9:30 am Thursday morning, the team was informed that access to Tunisia would only be granted if every member of the delegation could provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

“Efforts were made by the club and the Nigerian embassy in Tunisia to get special waivers proved abortive. The only other available option is to quarantine in Tunisia for seven days which is not even a possibility.

“As a result, the team spent the whole of Thursday at the Muhammed V International Airport in Casablanca, without food and in the cold as their Moroccan transit visas would not let them go into the city.

To put things into perspective, neither CAF nor Al Ittihad informed Enyimba ahead of time that the game would be played in Tunisia, and neither responded to the club’s series of letters requesting the match venue,” Bariza said then.

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