The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone and possibly relocate a CAF Confederation Cup first round second leg involving Nigerian club Rivers United and Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa.
Nigeria said this request followed the refusal of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to step down on some of the Covid-19 protocols like quarantine period for the South African contingent.
“The Nigeria Football Federation wish to kindly request the general secretary (CAF) to consider the postponement of the game and a possible rescheduling of both the date and venue of the match, with the possibility of staging the match in any Nigeria neigbouring countries with a little less stringent Covid-19 protocols,” the Nigerian authorities requested in a letter to CAF Monday.
It will also be noted that South Africa is the origin of a new variant of the Coronavirus, which is far more transmissible than the original strain.
The Confederation Cup tie between Rivers United and Bloemfontein Celtic is scheduled for Wednesday in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.
The first leg in South Africa a fortnight ago ended with Rivers United winning 2-0.