Confed Cup: Rivers Utd To Play Celtic, Jan 22-24
The Confederation Cup tie between Nigeria’s Rivers United and South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic has actually been rescheduled for the weekend of 22-24 this month.
The 2nd leg of the last 32 tie will now be played in a neighbouring nation to Nigeria, which has more lenient Covid-19 protocols for travellers arriving from South Africa.
Initially, the match must have been used 6 January in Port Harcourt however the South African side was not able to travel to Nigeria due to the rigorous Coronavirus guidelines by the Nigerian Government.
The policies suggested that Bloemfontein Celtic would have needed to quarantine for 7 days upon arrival, since South Africa is designated as one of the high danger countries.
According to the South African Football Federation, (Safa), “the decision to reschedule the match comes after SAFA reached out to CAF to look for assistance on the matter after Celtic’s initial appeal to the Nigerian FA and Nigerian government was declined.
” The Nigeria Football Federation to decide and interact the place, date, kick-off-time and the approval of the neutral host association by the end of the other day, at the latest.
” The additional player registration duration started on the 10th of January 2021, the two groups will not be enabled to field any of the gamers registered during this duration for this match.”
Rivers United leads the tie 2-0 after the first leg with the general winners progressing to play Champions League losers Enyimba of Nigeria in the play-offs to qualify for the group stage of the Confederation Cup.