CAF Confederations Cup
CAF Confederation Cup representatives for Nigeria, Enyimba International of Aba have raised the alarm over their semi-final opponent, Raja Casablanca of Morocco.
The North Africans touched down at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Monday morning with referees and officials for the encounter.
Enyimba FC Chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, said in a letter to CAF that the action raised suspicion about the objectiveness and impartiality of the match officials.
“Secretary General Sir, much as the referees may have a logical explanation as to their change of travel plans, we are gravely concerned because affinity breeds complicity.
The actions of Raja Casablanca are obviously deliberate and designed to not only portray our team in bad light, but gain an unfair advantage on the match day. These actions are against the rules of the sport and against fair play and we request that CAF takes a hard stance against this by carrying out all necessary actions that would uphold the objectiveness and impartiality of the match,” he said.
The peoples’ elephant’s Chairman also denied the claims put forth by Raja Casablanca on the ongoing tournament.
Raja accused Enyimba of failure to receive their delegation at the Port Harcourt International Airport on arrival on Monday.
“In a letter to CAF General Secretary, Amr Fahmy, the NFF said: “This complaint of Raja is an attempt to embarrass our club because Raja themselves are in violation of the rules of the competition after failing to provide us with details of their arrival. We had reached out to them requesting their travel itinerary but we were not offered this information. Instead, the Chairman of Enyimba FC received a call on Sunday from Morocco that the team is to land at Port Harcourt at 2:45pm on Monday.
“Air Maroc had no prior schedule landing in Port Harcourt but being the official Moroccan airline, it must have been influenced to land in Port Harcourt by Raja officials and authorities.
“So strange was the landing of Air Maroc in Port Harcourt that it had to fly back to Lagos for its scheduled landing. We already had tickets booked for Lagos to Port Harcourt and our protocol officer in Lagos was at the airport waiting for their arrival.
“At the Port Harcourt airport, our protocol officer was told that some officials had already checked in at Novotel Hotel. This fact that the match officials traveled in the same flight with our opponents, Raja Club Athletic all the way to Port Harcourt, aborting the original Lagos route is deeply worrisome.”
Enyimba International of Nigeria takes on visiting Raja Casablanca of Morocco on Wednesday October 3, at the Aba International stadium.