Hope rises for Dolphins, as CAF orders team to remain in Tunisia
There are indications that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) may order a replay of the Confederation Cup game between Nigeria’s Dolphins and Club Africain of Tunisia following a CAF order that Dolphins should remain in Tunisia till the weekend when decision would be taken on the match.
Then Tunisian side at the weekend walked over Dolphins when the Nigerian team did not arrive at the stipulated time for the pre-match meeting and the game proper.
But Dolphins petitioned CAF, pleading force majeur. The team insist they arrived in the country in good time for the game, after late departure though. They added, however, that they were delayed at the airport for two hours and then taken on a merry go round on the streets of Tunisia before arriving at the stadium after walk over formalities had been concluded.
Dolphins added that they wrote to CAF on Thursday, March 12, through the NFF, before departure from Lagos requesting the game to be moved from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) General Secretary, Musa Amadu, said yesterday that the federation has received letter signed by Khaled Naddar, a Deputy Director at CAF in the competitions department dated March, 16, 2015 ordering Dolphins to remain in Tunisia till the determination of their protest.
The letter reads in part: “Reference to the above mentioned match, which was initially scheduled on March 14, 2015; we would like to request your team Dolphins to stay in Tunis until a decision is reached and communicated to the club and NFF.”
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