By Onochie Anibeze
Veteran sports administrator, Chief John Ojidoh, turned 83 Sunday and while Sports Vanguard was congratulating him, the man took time to add voice to the controversy on the representatives of the country in the next seasonâ€™s CAF Cup.
Ojidohâ€™s statement came as Rivers State intensified efforts to get the Nigeria Football Federation reverse their decision on fielding Warri Wolves as one of Nigeriaâ€™s representatives. Rivers had described NFFâ€™s decision as unfair, arguing that the place should go to Sharks who were runners-up in the FA Cup.
Enyimba qualified to play in the CAF Cup as third placers on the league table and also as champions of the FA Cup. NFF then announced that Warri Wolves who placed fourth in the league will represent the country in the CAF Cup with Enyimba.
Ojidoh re-echoed what CAF Committee member Paul Bassey earlier said. â€œIn the past, the only way a country could qualify to present two teams was if such a country had a club as defending champion while another club qualified to play in the same cup.
But now that two clubs are accommodated the rules are clear on who goes. But where a club placers third in the league and also wins the FA Cup, the choice of platform is clearly for the club to make, in this case Enyimba. If Enyimba decides to go as third placers in the league, then Sharks must be fielded to play in the CAF Cup. But if Enyimba decides to go as FA Cup champions then Warri Wolves will be fielded. So itâ€™s Enyimba that hold the ace.â€
Paul Bassey said that Enyimbaâ€™s chances of being seeded would be brighter if they are fielded as champions of Nigeriaâ€™s FA Cup than third placers in the league.