Lagos - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the elimination of Nigerian club Dolphins FC for failing to honour a Confederation Cup game against Club Africain in Tunis.
The Nigeria Football Federation is also to pay a fine of $2000 for failing to inform CAF on time.
The game was scheduled for 3pm of Saturday, March 14, 2015, but the Nigerian side arrived Tunis by 1pm local time and claimed to be delayed for two hours at the airport. As a result, CAF asked Dolphins to remain in Tunis pending the outcome of a decision.
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“The CAF Interclubs Organising Committee issued its decision on Thursday, 19 March 2015 on the basis of the various reports of the match officials and correspondences between the concerned parties,” CAF explains.
“The Committee had received a petition from Nigerian club, Dolphins, through the Nigeria Football Federation. Dolphins did not show up at Rades Stadium (Tunisia) on Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 3pm local time, for the kick-off of the match against Club Africain of Tunisia, for the 1/16th round first leg of the Orange Confederation Cup. The referee acknowledged forfeiture of Dolphins.
“The Committee noted that the Nigeria Football Federation did not observe article 10.2 of Chapter IX of the rules of the competition, which obliges the federation of the visiting team to inform the federation of the host team and CAF of the date of arrival in the capital of the host country at least two weeks prior to the date scheduled for the match. The non-observance of this disposition attracts a fine of $2000.
“As it stands, the club only informed CAF on 13 March 2015 of the fact that it missed its flight between Port-Harcourt and Lagos, and could only arrive in Tunis on the day of the match without requesting for a postponement of the encounter. Even though the request was not made, CAF proposed to the Tunisian team to delay the kick-off of the match by 30 minutes for the sake of fair-play.
“Dolphins are thus eliminated without prejudice to other financial sanctions that could be taken by the Committee.”
The team that has been waiting in Tunis since Saturday will now return to Nigeria on a sad note as the decision did not go in their favour.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.