Local News 12.8.2016 04:01 pm

Enyimba cry foul over Caf’s ‘unfair’ rescheduling

 Enyimba Team during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Enyimba at Lucas Moripe Stadium on June 29, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambui/Gallo Images)

Enyimba Team during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Enyimba at Lucas Moripe Stadium on June 29, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambui/Gallo Images)

Nigeria Champions Enyimba have cried foul over the rescheduling of their Caf Champions League clash against Zamalek and described it as “highly unfair”.

The Nigerian club’s comments come after Caf informed them that their make or break Group B tie against Zamalek will be played a day earlier than previously communicated.

Enyimba left for Cairo on Thursday with the knowledge that they will play on Sunday. Upon their arrival in Egypt’s capital city, Enyimba received a letter informing them of the change due to security reasons.

Enyimba are in third place in Group B after failing to win any of the games they have played so far, their final game against Zamalek can help them overtake the Egyptian giants to a second place finish and a place in the semi-finals.

“This is highly unfair. I don’t know how the fixture of a game as important as this can be brought forward without any consultation with the visiting team.​ It’s against the rules,” blasted Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu.​

“We have made all our plans based on the knowledge that we are playing on Sunday, so we don’t know how we can suddenly be told to play on Saturday.

“What if we had arrived Egypt on Friday? Would we have been forced to still play on Saturday? This is not fair at all for us and for the entire Nigeria. Any change should have been discussed with us so all parties can work out what is in the best interest of everyone. Right now, this doesn’t suit us at all.

“Moreover, we travelled with a limited number of players. Our intention was to have the rest of our squad join us from Spain on Saturday, where they are on national assignment. They would be arriving Cairo at 5 pm on Saturday, so how would the match be played?

“We do not have the requisite number of players for a match on Saturday, so we are appealing to Caf to move the game to Monday, August 15, if it cannot be played on Sunday due to security concerns, it’s the only way we can play.”

“We will also be appealing to the Egyptian FA and Zamalek to assist us in changing our booking reservations with Egypt Air from Monday to Tuesday. This change will cause us difficulties and we are appealing to Caf, the Egyptian FA and Zamalek SC to make things easy for us, because we have no hand in the adjustment of the fixture.”

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