Nigerian giants, Enyimba have again written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to reschedule the ‘controversial’ first leg of their Confederation Cup tie with Al Ittihad of Libya earlier scheduled to be played today.
It will be recalled the first leg of the game was called off following controversies over COVID-19 protocols as Enyimba were barred from entering Tunisia, Al-Ittihad’s adopted home ground due to the political troubles in Benghazi, Libya.
However, Enyimba defeated Al-Ittihad 2-0 in in the second leg played in Aba two weeks ago.
“In the spirit of sportsmanship and for the integrity of the competition, the club has elected to accept the decision. However, considering the brevity of time to the fixture, coupled with the current traveling challenges across the continent, it is absolutely impossible for us to arrange a trip to Libya within 48 hours.
“Consequently, we have written to CAF requesting a rescheduling of the date of the fixture to December 31 to enable us to sort out our visas, flight bookings, hotel reservations, and other logistics.
“CAF has however advised that for the request to be considered, a written agreement of both clubs must be submitted to the board. Hence, we have written to our hosts, Al Ittihad, hoping to get their cooperation in reaching an agreement for the new date for the fixture.”
The club said they have also written to the Libyan team, based on CAF’s counsel, to inform them about their request and hope “to get their cooperation in reaching an agreement for the new date for the fixture.”