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Rude Shock: Enyimba to play Confederation Cup with League ticket

By Tony Ubani
AS the debate over who should pick the Confederation Cup ticket rages on among the Nigeria Football Federation, Sharks and Warri Wolves, Enyimba International who are at the centre of the squabble have finally declared that they would be prosecuting the Confederation Cup with their third place finishing in the Premier League.

AGAINST ALL ODDS — Daniel Amokachi (C) fights for the ball with African Legends' Ossei Kuffour (r)) and another player, during the match between African Legends and Super Eagles squad of 1994 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Saturday. Photo: Syla Eleanya.
AGAINST ALL ODDS — Daniel Amokachi (C) fights for the ball with African Legends' Ossei Kuffour (r)) and another player, during the match between African Legends and Super Eagles squad of 1994 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Saturday. Photo: Syla Eleanya.

With Enyimba qualifying for the competition as cup winners and the third-placed team, the NFF awarded Nigeria’s second Confederation Cup ticket to Warri Wolves, but Sharks have argued that the ticket should have been theirs.

In their first official statement after winning the Federation Cup, the Board of Directors of the two-time Champions League winner have decided to use their ticket from the League. Before now, controversy had raged on which ticket Enyimba would use as it would determine the fate of Sharks and Warri Wolves which finished as runners-up in the Federation Cup and Warri Wolves that finished fourth in the League.

In a communique signed by Chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Secretary O.S. Odoemenam respectively said that they do not want to be drawn into unnecessary controversy as nobody has sought or obtained their view as a Board or any functionary of the club especially the Chairman.

“From the foregoing, we wish to state that having earlier booked a ticket to the CAF Confederation Cup from the premier league position, we believe that the second slot from FA/Confederation cup championship should not be a matter for debate, since Enyimba have already qualified and booked a ticket from premier league much earlier. And we have decided to play from the Globacom premier league platform”, the statement which had been dispatched to NFF read in part.

The NFF and Sharks officials have been locked in verbal war as the Rivers State team have threatened to go to the court of arbitration on the matter. But with this latest twist, Sharks are now better positioned to pick the ticket having finished behind Enyimba in the Federation Cup.



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