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
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
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