OFFICIALS of Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia have abandoned Enyimba FC of Aba as the Nigerian team arrived Tunisia for the CAF Champions League second leg against them in Sousse, Tunisia on Wednesday.
Enyimba won the first leg in Port Harcourt, Nigeria by 3 – 0, but the Peoples Elephants, who arrived Tunisia on Monday ready for the return leg are going through torrid times in Tunisia.
Enyimba Chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu, who disclosed this exclusively, said Etoile officials picked them up at the airport several hours after they had arrived the country.
He said the bus provided for them deliberately detoured from the normal route to their hotel just to wear out the Enyimba players and ensure they did not train later as they had planned.
He said, shortly after the bus dropped them off at their hotel, the vehicle was withdrawn; which forced the Nigerian team to hire taxis before they could go out to train.
Anyansi told HotSports.tv that the Tunisian team have also changed the time for the match, which was earlier billed for 6pm local time to 7pm without the knowledge of CAF.
“We are used to all their antics. I am only surprised that they still employ this unwholesome attitude just to win a match.
“We anticipated all that and had arranged for our accommodation, training ground and even opted to stay in Monastir rather than in Sousse before departing Nigeria.
“When they came to Nigeria, they opted to stay in Port Harcourt rather than in Aba, yet we provided them with all the necessary facilities they needed to be comfortable.
“We are not deterred by their efforts to frustrate us. Our players are in high spirit and ready for this match,” Anyansi said.
He said they will make their observation in the sudden change in time known to CAF, but will nonetheless go ahead to honour the game irrespective of the shift.