By Onochie Anibeze
Enyimba club chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has frowned at the federation for enlisting them for CAF Cup without allowing them to determine on which platform they would play in the continent.
CAF Cup is usually foAr the team that wins FA Cup and the third placers in the national league of the countries affiliated to CAF. Enyimba placed third in the league and also won the FA Cup. NFA has decided to register them for CAF Cup as champions of the FA Cup. It simply follows that Warri Wolves who placed fourth in the league will play the CAF Cup too.
The Enyimba chairman, yesterday, reacted this way: â€œWe have a board in Enyimba and our board has not decided on which platform we will be playing the CAF Cup. We are still savouring our FA Cup victory. It is not true that we have decided to play in the continent on the basis of FA Cup. Weâ€™ll meet and decide on this. It is no affront on the FA but it is not true that we have decided. We have not written anybody and the FA has not communicated with us on this matter. Our position is that we deserve to be allowed to make a choice.â€
Shortly after Anyansi-Agwuâ€™s comments, Demola Olajire, the spokesman of the FA, issued a statement from Abuja stating what informed their decision. Below is their statement:
NFF explains Warri Wolvesâ€™ decision
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba said in Abuja that the regulations governing the CAF Confederation Cup were quite clear.
â€œIt is true that the regulations might not have expressly foreseen this kind of situation. But Article 1 of the regulations for CAF Confederation Cup addressed the issue of which team is first pick for the competitionâ€.
The Article 1 states: â€œThe African Football Confederation shall organize a yearly competition called â€˜The Confederation Cupâ€™, open to teams of Cup Winners Clubs of the Affiliated Associations. The 12 countries obtaining the best results in the clubs competitions during the previous five years will be allowed to register the Cup Winnerâ€™s Club and the club classified third in the National League. If the Cup Winnerâ€™s Club is not engaged, the concerned country will be authorized to register only one clubâ€
â€œIt is very clear then that the first choice for the CAF Confederation Cup is the Cup Winner, in this case Enyimba, while the second choice is the team placed third in the League, in this case also Enyimba, but their place being taken by Warri Wolves because they have already bagged a slot by virtue of winning the Federation Cupâ€, explained Ojo-Oba.