CAF Confederation Cup: Enyimba Vs Benghazi Match In Libya Rescheduled
Confederation of Africa Football, CAF has rescheduled Al Ahly Benghazi of Libya and Enyimba of Nigeria Confederation Cup match earlier slated to hold today, Wednesday April 21, 2021.
The which is now slated to hold tomorrow, Thursday came after late intervention of governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and Nigeria Football Federation, Enyimba will eventually honour the fixture
It was reported over the weekend that the two-time CAF Champions League champions have no funds to pay for a chartered flight to Libya, and as such, may not make the trip.
“They told the team that there is no money for chartered flight. And CAF is insisting on the match holding this Wednesday.” A source was quoted.
However, the People’s Elephant have confirmed the wading in of the state governor to ensure the club avoid missing the group A fixture as a result of flight and visa complications in the requirements for entry into Libya.
Besides being cash-strapped, the chances of Nigeria’s only representative in the CAF Confederation Cup suffered a further blow when CAF turned down their initial request for postponement of the game.
However, Dr. Ikpeazu has stepped in at the most crucial moment by making provision for a chartered flight to convey the team to and from Libya.
With the governor’s intervention, the team is now scheduled to jet out of the country on Tuesday night to honor the matchday five fixture, which is now scheduled for 10pm on Thursday April 22.
“I am deeply grateful to the governor for this very kind and generous gesture,” the Enyimba Chairman, Felix Anya nsi Agwu stated.
“His intervention has warned what could have brought embarrassment and ridiculous, not just to Enyimba but to Nigeria as a country.
“The timely manner in which he intervened in the matter is a clear indication that he has Enyimba at the center of his heart, and God will continue to bless him.
“I also want to thank the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, for the role he played in ensuring that we are now at this point where we are sure of playing the match in a convenient atmosphere. He took it upon himself to ensure that everything is fine for us to honour the match, and we are very grateful to him. “
Ahead of the showdown, Enyimba are currently sitting second in group A with six points from four matches, two points behind leaders Orlando Pirates who will visit the People’s Elephant on the final matchday.
Enyimba reportedly departed the shores of the country on Tuesday for the encounter.