Enyimba ask CAF to Postpone Match against Al Ittihad
Enyimba have announced that their upcoming CAF Confederation Cup match against Al Ittihad could be postponed.
The Peoples Elephants were scheduled to face the Libyan side on Sunday, 28 November 2021 in Benghazi.
Al Ittihad are trailing 2-0 on aggregate after losing at home in the second-leg encounter which took place in Nigeria at Enyimba Stadium.
The first leg of the encounter was billed to hold on November 28 in Tunisia but Enyimba were barred from entering the North African country due to strict COVID-19 restrictions.
Enyimba released the following statement on Friday night indicating they have written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and asked for their match to be postponed again.
“Enyimba FC has received the decision of the CAF Appeals Committee, maintaining that the Confederation Cup fixture against Al Ittihad be played in Benghazi, Libya this Sunday,” a club statement read.
“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 travelling 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 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.”
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials are expected handle the media inquiries regarding the possible postponement of the match.
Enyimba advanced to the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round after defeating Senegal’s Diambars FC 4-0 on aggregate in the second round of qualification in October.