The Nigeria FootballÂ Â Federation announced yesterday that Warri Wolves, which finished 4th in the Nigeria Premier League in the recently-ended season, will fly Nigeriaâ€™s flag in next yearâ€™s CAF Confederation Cup.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, said in Abuja that there is no cause for hair -splitting over the matter.
â€œWe have noted with some concern the debate on this issue, but we need to state clearly that Enyimba FC are the champions of the 2009 Federation Cup competition, which is greater than finishing third in the Premier League. The Premier League and Federation Cup are two very important competitions.
â€œEnyimba will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup as the champions of the Federation Cup, while the next team to it on the Premier League table will take the slot for the Premier League. Let us not forget that already, the two topâ€“placed teams in the Premier League will go for the CAF Champions League competition.
â€œTherefore, it makes sense that the Federation Cup winners go into Africa as the first choice team for the Confederations Cup, while the 4th-placed team in the League, Warri Wolves take the second slotâ€, said Ojo-Oba.
Shortly after this was announced yesterday, Amaju Pinnick, the chairman of Delta Sports Commission, said Warri Wolves would do their best to represent Nigeria well in the continental fiesta. He paid tribute to the state governor whom he said was the pillar behind Warri Wolves.
â€œThe governor is our pillar. It gladdens the people of Delta that one season into the premiership, their club will be playing in the continent. It says a lot about the work which we have done and for which we attribute our success to our sports loving governor.â€