Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Bloemfontein Celtic to know African Confederation Cup fate


Bloemfontein Celtic will find out on Tuesday where they will play their re-arranged African Confederation Cup tie after the Confederation of African Football ordered Nigeria to find a new venue for the second round, second leg match against Rivers United.

It will likely happen in Cotonou, the capital of neighbouring Benin, according to Nigerian news reports.

Celtic, who are 2-0 down from the home leg last month and have bene playing with their reserves in the competition, were due to play Rivers United in Port Harcourt last week but did not travel after the Nigerian government refused to waive strict coronavirus regulations which required Celtic to be quarantined for seven days upon arrival.

South Africa has been designated as a high risk country by Nigeria and all travellers must quarantine.

CAF have since decided that the match be played on the weekend of January 22-24 in a neighbouring country with more lenient Covid-19 protocols.

The Nigerian Football Federation have to decide and communicate the venue, date, kick-off-time and the approval of the neutral host association by Tuesday.

Rivers United must also to take care of all organisational expenses in the neutral country and ensure Celtic have approval for entry.

Celtic are competing in African club competition for the first time after finishing runners-up in the Nedbank Cup last season.

The winner of the tie between Rovers and Celtic meets Enyimba of Nigeria in the third round of the Confederation Cup next month, with a place in the group phase at stake.

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