By Richard Animam
Warri Wolves FC may be keen onÂ representing Nigeria at the CAF Confederations Cup but the management of the team that finished fourth on the Globacom Premier League, says it will not lobby the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to be handed the ticket to play in the competition.
Since Enyimba lifted the Federation Cup defeating Sharks of Port Harcourt in the final played at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, the battle has been which ticket will the Aba millionaires use in their Confederations Cup campaign.
Enyimba finished third in the Glo Premier League and thus qualified to play in the Confederations Cup. Again the team also secured the Confederations Cup ticket by lifting the Federation Cup.
According to the NFF, Enyimba, courtesy of lifting the Federation Cup qualified as winners to represent Nigeria at the continental competition, paving the way for Warri Wolves to also play in the same competition using the league ticket.
However, Enyimba say they would prefer to use the league ticket and give way to Sharks to play in the Confederations Cup but the NFF is insisting that only the football governing body can decide which ticket Enyimba can use.
Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission Pinnick Amaju speaking on the controversy told Saturday Vanguard Sports that they are not prepared to lobby the NFF for the Confederations Cup ticket.
â€œThe team is not bothered. We rely on the decision of NFF. If at the end of the day, NFF decides that Sharks will be handed the ticket, WolvesÂ will not be bothered. Most of the players from Sharks are our brothers. Rivers as a state is important to me as well. The decision is that of the NFF. I do not want to talk to Sharks because I do not want them to see it as ifÂ I am interfering.
â€œLulu himselfÂ explained to me the Confederations Cup, was called Cup Winners Cup competition played by Cup winners from African countries, before it was re-christened Confederations Cup.
â€œThey have written to Enyimba on the issue and if Enyimba insist they want to play based on the league ticket, the NFF say the club will be sanctioned. As for Warri Wolves we will not be involved in lobbying people to get the ticketâ€, Amaju said.