The Management of Enyimba FC International of Aba has petitioned the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) over players who refused the club their services in the match against Zanaco of Zambia.
Zanaco had in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup last week defeated Enyimba 4-0.
“We have written the NPL to implement sanctions as provided in the Code of Conduct of Enyimba in the letters to the players,’’ club’s Media Officer Tonnex Chukwu said in Aba at the weekend.
Chukwu told newsmen that the players, who he did not name, contravened their contract with the club.
He said that some of the players absconded after receiving 50 per cent of their sign-on fees immediately the club won the 2009/2010 NPL trophy.
“We went to Zambia with only 15 players, not all regulars; we are waiting NPL to make a statement on this because we raised an alarm before our departure for the match.
“I know Enyimba will bounce back in the return leg in Aba. It is unfortunate we lost.
“This is not the best Enyimba can offer, the team has more than that having won the CAF Championship League twice.
“If Zanaco can score four goals in the first half, why can’t Enyimba do the same in the return leg on August 1?”
Chukwu said that no team had beaten Enyimba 4-0 in any CAF competition and expressed the hope that the club will defeat the Zambians.
However, some of the absconded players have rejoined their teammates in camp for the return leg.
Rivers United, Wydad AC Clash: CAF Unveils Match Officials
Ahead of the second preliminary round tie match against Rivers United FC and Wydad AC in the CAF Champions League, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed the match officials for the first leg.
The Pride of Rivers will play hosts to the Moroccan outfit, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Sunday, with Côte D’Ivoire officials in charge.
Ibrahim Kalilou Traore will be at the center of proceedings, assisted by countrymen Adou Hermann Desiré N’goh and Nouho Ouattara as First and Second Assistant, respectively.
Bienvenu Sinko, an Ivorian as well, will be the Fourth Official while Langtombong tombong Tamba, a Gambian national, will be the Match Commissioner.
Meanwhile, Ozi Salami Abdulrahim Onimisi will be the Covid-19 Officer as designated by CAF.
After the Sunday first leg, the second is slated a week later, in the Morocco with the aggregate winner advancing to the Group Stage of the Champions League.
The other team will then earn a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup, one step away from the Group stages.
Cricket: Nigeria Beats Sierra Leone To Top Group
Hosts Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 11 runs to top Group B in a nerve-wrecking game at the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifiers in Abuja.
Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat. Usual suspects Paul Pam and Selim Saliu opened the batting order for Nigeria, putting up an excellent partnership to score a 100 for the team, before Pam was sent to the stands in the 27th over.
Pam’s dismissal was the twick Sierra Leone needed to dismiss the hosts successfully in the next 20 overs, limiting Nigeria to 184 runs, all out in 47.4 overs.
The second innings meant Nigeria needed to defend the score against a strong-willed Sierra Leonean side, with captain John Bangura steering the ship.
Bangura, who played 87 runs, not out in 118 balls, raced the run score for Sierra Leone, before Prosper Useni halted their pace, claiming six wickets in the process.
The visitors scored 173 all out in 41.5 overs.
The loss means they set up a clash against Kenya, winners of Group A on Thursday, while Nigeria will face the runners-up in Group A, Malawi.
Prosper Useni emerged player of the match with bowling statistics of six wickets and 26 runs in 6.5 overs.
Super Falcons Fall To Japan 0-2
Super Falcons lost 2-0 to a dominant Japan side in their friendly clash at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe yesterday morning.
The encounter which was the third ever between both teams saw Mina Tanaka scoring the two goals for the Nadeshiko.
Rany Waldrum was without Asisat Oshoala but had Chiamaka Nnadozie in goal, making crucial saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
Although the team fielded other stars like Rasheedat Ajibade, Michelle Alozie, Uchenna Kanu, Ngozi Okobe among others, they played second fiddle to the Nadeshiko.
Takana got Japan in the lead in the 64th minute tapping home from a freekick before doubling the advantage four minutes later from the spot.
The Super Falcons are now without a win in their last five games.
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