Confederation of African Football, CAF, has explained that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will decide the venue of the rescheduled Confederation Cup clash of Rivers United and South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic.
The match is to be played in any of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries. It is however not clear, if neighbouring countries mean the countries that immediately share boundaries with Nigeria. In that case, it should be any of the quartet of Benin Republic, Chad, Niger or Cameroon.
Otherwise, it could also be Ghana or Togo. The NFF, Sports Village Square gathered, have to communicate the venue, the date, kick-off time and the approval of the neutral host football association by today, Tuesday 12 January.
The match, originally scheduled for Port Harcourt on 6 January had to be rescheduled as the South African delegation could not meet up with the Nigeria’s seven-day quarantine policy of preventing importation of the new strings of Covid-19 for which South Africa has been identified as …
A neighbouring country to Nigeria with more lenient COVID-19 protocols regarding travellers coming from South Africa became the only option of deciding the second leg match.
Rivers United have a 2-0 away advantage but could forfeit the match if the NFF fail to find a host.
Sports Village Square also gathered that the designations of the match officials are maintained. Rivers United are to take charge of all organizational expenses in the neutral country as the host club and to ensure that the visiting team has the approvals for the entry in the neutral country.
The additional player registration period started on Sunday 10th January, but neither Rivers United nor Bloemfontein Celtic are allowed to field any of the players registered during this period for the rescheduled match.