Rivers United’s Confederation Cup tie with South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic has been bedevilled by crisis. The match is supposed to hold on Wednesday in Port Harcourt base of Rivers United.
The South African side has not been cleared for entry into Nigeria for the return leg match.
According to SuperSports, this is sequel to the refusal of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to step down on some of the Covid-19 protocols such as the quarantine period for the South African contingent.
The Nigerian side won the first leg with a comfortable 2-0 score line. But they are at risk of not hosting the return leg.
It was gathered that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday sent a request to CAF to reschedule and also relocate the match to any Nigerian neighbouring country with lesser stringent Covid-19 protocol.
It was also gathered that public interest informed the NCDC stance as South Africa is the source of a new variant of the Coronavirus which is reportedly far more transmissible than the original strain.