CAF Confederation Cup: Rivers United Tackles Bloemfontein In Benin Republic

Following the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) directive that the postponed first round second leg CAF Confederation Cup match between Rivers United of Nigeria and Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa be held at a neutral ground, the rescheduled match will be played in Cotonou, the capital of Benin Republic The match will hold on January 23. Rivers State commissioner for sports, Mr Boma Iyaye, disclosed this on Monday. "The latest is that CAF has written to the Nigeria Football Federation to nominate a neighbouring country where the second leg will be played. According to Iyaye: "This is because the coronavirus disease (COVID-19 (protocols will not allow the South Africans to come to Nigeria for now. We are in touch with Benin Republic so very likely, the match will be played in Cotonou on January 23. According to the South African Football Federation (SAFA), 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 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Nigerian Government was turned down. The Nigeria Football Federation is expected to decide and communicate the venue, date, kick-off-time and the approval of the neutral host association by January 12, 2021 at the latest. The additional player registration period for the match started on January 10, 2021, the two teams shall not be allowed to field any of the players registered during this period for this match. Rivers United won the first leg of the tie 2-0 in South Africa in December last year The winner of the encounter will battle former CAF Champions League Champions, Enyimba International FC of Nigeria for a place in the group stage.

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