CONFEDERATION CUP: RIVERS UTD V BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC TIE GETS NEW DATE, BUT NO VENUE YET

CONFEDERATION CUP: RIVERS UTD V BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC TIE GETS NEW DATE, BUT NO VENUE YET
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Rivers United are now to face South Africa’s Bloemfontein in the weekend of 22-24 January at a yet to be decided country.

But it will hold in any neighbouring country to Nigeria. The country is bordered to the north by Niger Republic, to the east by Chad and Cameroon and to the west by Benin Republic.

The Nigeria Football Federation is to find a neighbouring country to Nigeria which has more lenient Covid-19 protocols for travellers arriving from South Africa.

Sports Village Square recalls that the match was originally to hold on 6 January at the home base of Rivers United in Port Harcourt. But the South African side were not able to travel to Nigeria due to the strict coronavirus regulations by the Nigerian Government.

The regulations meant that Bloemfontein Celtic would have had to quarantine for seven days upon arrival, because South Africa is designated as one of the high risk countries.

BBC quotes the South African Football Federation (SAFA) as saying:  “the decision to reschedule the match comes after SAFA reached out to CAF to seek guidance on the matter after Celtic’s initial appeal to the Nigerian FA and Nigerian government was turned down.

“The Nigerian Football Federation to decide and communicate the venue, date, kick-off-time and the approval of the neutral host association by 12 January 2021 at the latest.

“The additional player registration period starts on the 10th of January 2021, the two teams shall not be allowed to field any of the players registered during this period for this match.”

Rivers United lead the tie 2-0 after the first leg with the overall winners progressing  to play Champions League losers Enyimba of Nigeria in the play-offs to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

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