Caf calls off Celtic, Rivers Confed Cup tie


The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has called off Wednesday’s Confederation Cup clash between Bloemfontein Celtic and Nigerian side Rivers United.

The two teams were scheduled to clash in a first round second leg tie at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.

However, the continent’s football governing body announced the cancellation via their Twitter media channel @CAF_Online on Tuesday.

“The Nigeria Football Federation last night stated that the South African delegation cannot be exempted from the required quarantine: the match shall not take place as scheduled, Wednesday, January 6, 2021,” CAF wrote.

“The case will be submitted to the competent body within CAF to decide on the appropraite course of action to follow. And decision shall be communicated in due time.”

The NFF had in a letter to CAF on Monday, asked that the game be postponed and possibly relocated to a neighbouring country.

The NFF said the request followed the refusal of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to exempt Celtic from some of the COVID-19 protocols such as the quarantine period for the South African contingent.

Celtic lost the first leg 2-0 at home and had to overturn that deficit to progress to the next round.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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