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Enyimba to host Rahimo in empty stadium


Enyimba’s Joseph Osadiaye evades a Lobi Stars’ defender during the 2018/2019 NPFL Super Six play-off in Lagos.

Nigerian champions, Enyimba will host Rehimo of Burkina Faso in an empty Aba stadium on Sunday in compliance with a directive from CAF, which ruled that the second leg of their 2019/2020 Champions League Preliminary Round fixture must be played behind closed doors, reports

The directive is the sanction imposed by CAF on the two-time African champions following what it labeled ‘crowd invasion in the previous game’.

In their last campaign in the CAF Champions League, Enyimba were sanctioned for poor crowd control in the home game against Cara of Congo when a late goal saw the People’s Elephant through.

CAF also frowned at the poor floodlights at the stadium, but Enyimba’s appeal against the sanction was understood to have been thrown out by CAF last week.

Enyimba will need an outright win of at least 2-0 to go past the Burkinabes, who won 1-0 at home in the first leg two weeks ago.

“This latest decision by CAF came to us rather as a shock. Yes, they complained after our match against Cara, which was our first game in Aba following our return from Calabar after nearly three seasons. But we’ve played other games at home since then,” laments an Enyimba official, who is unhappy that his team will face Rahimo in a big game like CAF Champions League without their vociferous home supporters.

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