Lagos - Nigerian club Enyimba has a tougher task to qualify
from the group stage of the CAF Champions League after the Confederation of
African Football disqualified Algerian club ES Setif over pitch invasion.
“Following the regrettable incidents that took place during
match no.98 of the 2016 edition of CAF Champions League between ES Setif
(Algeria) vs Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), whereby the referee was obliged
to abandon the said match before its end.” CAF said in a press statement.
“Match officials noted especially the pitch invasion as well
as numerous throws of missiles, stones, bottles, and firecrackers, provoking a
certain number of injured spectators and members of the security forces.
“The CAF Organizing Committee for the Inter-Clubs
Competitions decided to apply the provisions of Chapter XII para 3 and
considered ES Sétif loser and eliminated from the competition without prejudice
to any other sanctions that may be imposed by CAF Disciplinary Board.
“Chapter XII para 3 stipulates: ‘3. If the referee is forced
to stop the match before the end of the regular time because of invasion of the
field or aggression against the visiting team, the host team shall be
considered loser and shall be eliminated from the competition, without
prejudice to the sanctions existing in the regulations.’
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“Concerning the result of the said match, it is hence
cancelled in conformity with the spirit of article XI.13 of the regulations
stipulating: ‘If a team withdraws after the start of the group matches without
having played half of the group matches, the overall results of the matches in
which this team participated is cancelled.’
News24 report that President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, charged players and officials of Enyimba FC not to drop their heads or lose focus after Sunday’s CAF Champions League 1-0 defeat by visiting Egyptian side, Zamalek FC.
Zamalek still top the group with three points, while Enyimba
occupies the second position, and Sundowns third.
Enyimba will now have to beat the South African club on Wednesday
to brighten their hope of advancing.
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- News24 Nigeria