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Confederation Cup: Rivers Utd v Bloemfontein Celtic tie to be performed in Benin

2021-01-14 14:51:24

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Nigerian membership Rivers United has confirmed its rescheduled Confederation Cup tie in opposition to South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic shall be performed in Benin’s capital Porto Novo on 23 January.

The Confederation of African Soccer (Caf) ordered the second leg of the final 32 tie to be moved to a neighbouring nation to Nigeria, which has extra lenient Covid-19 protocols for travellers arriving from South Africa.

Initially the match ought to have been performed on 6 January within the Nigerian metropolis of Port Harcourt however the South African aspect weren’t in a position to journey to Nigeria as a result of strict coronavirus laws put in place by the Nigerian Authorities.

The laws meant that Bloemfontein Celtic would have needed to quarantine for seven days upon arrival, as a result of South Africa is designated as a excessive danger nation.

In accordance with the South African Soccer Federationexternal-link (Safa) “the choice to reschedule the match comes after Safa reached out to Caf to hunt steering on the matter after Celtic’s preliminary attraction to the Nigerian FA and Nigerian authorities was turned down.

“The extra participant registration interval begins on the tenth of January 2021, the 2 groups shall not be allowed to subject any of the gamers registered throughout this era for this match.”

Rivers United lead the tie 2-0 after the primary leg with the general winners progressing to play Champions League losers Enyimba of Nigeria within the play-offs to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

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