Nigeria’s last team in the current CAF interclubs competitions have crashed out of the tournament following the walkover that has been claimed by their opponents in the last qualification stage, Al Ittihad.
Deputy Secretary-General of the Libyan Football Federation (LFF), Mohamed Qremida, has confirmed in a Libyan newspaper, that Ittihad team have officially qualified for the group stage of the Confederation Cup of African Football Fedration (CAF), after its Nigerian rival, Enyimba, withdrew from the return match that was scheduled for this Sunday at the Benina Martyrs Stadium in Benghazi.
Qremida noted that Enyimba had written to CAF about it’s inability to honor Sunday’s rescheduled first leg tie, and thus Ittihad will qualify directly for the group stage, which its draw will take place next week.
It would be recalled that CAF, during the week, rejected Enyimba’s request to either cancel the match, play it on another ground than Libya, or postpone it to a later date.
Having rejected its request by CAF, Enyimba team sent another request to Ittihad to postpone the match to the 31st of December, saying that 48 hours is not enough to arrange traveling procedures, including visas and airline tickets.
However, Ittihad has also rejected the Nigerian request and said there would be no postponement of the match.
With this qualification, Libya will be for the first time in its history represented by two teams in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, Ittihad and Al-Ahly Tripoli, which previously secured its qualification ticket last Sunday after beating their guest, Stade Malien, in a penalty shootout.
However, it’s expected that The People’s Elephants will protest at CAF and if possible, the case could be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) but it remains to be seen.
This article was updated 12 months ago