By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, Nigeria
Chairman of Enyimba International Football club, Felix Anyansi-Agwu says the teeming fans of the club will ‘probably’ watch the People’s Elephant when they face Sudanese giants, Al Hilal next month after defeating Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso in the second leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round tie in Aba on Sunday behind closed-doors following a Confederation of African Football ban on their renovated ground.
In a chat with journalists after Enyimba romped to a 5-0 win against Rahimo, the seasoned administrator apologized to the fans who were disgruntled by CAF’s decision and explained that aside the poor illumination of the floodlight at the Enyimba International stadium, there are ‘other issues’ why the continent’s football ruling body suspended fans from watching Sunday’s game.
“We sincerely apologize for all these things that happened within this short period,” the Enyimba supremo said. “It was so fast, but we are on top of it. We’ll engage CAF, probably; the next match might not be closed-door.
“People will wonder why closed-door? When you come into the stadium; you will see how it is, and I don’t think it’s too bad-looking when you come in to watch a match,” he added.
“But there are some little details. It’s not just about the floodlights, there are some other issues that CAF wants us to tidy up, and we are on top of it. And all these issues, the government’s attention have also been drawn to them; and they are also working on them. So, I believe within a short period, the fans will have the opportunity of watching us here at home.”
After comfortably dispatching Rahimo, two-time champions Enyimba will face Hilal in the first round, with the first leg in Aba on 15th September. And it is still unclear whether spectators will be allowed to watch that tie.
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