By Lexi Elo with Agency Report
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has directed Dolphins to stay put in Tunisia until the ruling body makes a decision over its walk over appeal of the second round, first leg tie of the Confederation Cup against Club Africain.
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Stanley Eguma’s men were walked over after failing to appear at the match venue against Club Africain in Tunis on Saturday by 3pm, but the Pride of Rivers have written an appeal alleging sabotage from the local authorities.
In a statement to the NFF signed by the Deputy Director (CAF Competitions), Khaled Nassar on Monday, Caf promised to make its fair position known on the appeal of the Port Harcourt outfit.
“Reference to the above mentioned match which was initially scheduled on 14th March 2015; we would like to request your team Dolphin to stay in Tunis until a decision is reached and communicated to you,” Nassar wrote NFF.
Dolphins who had travelling plans shattered due to a bonus row, insist the walk over was stage-managed citing they arrived in time at 1pm aboard an Emirates Airline flight from Dubai, only to be held up by the immigration authorities for up to two hours to access entry visas.
Dolphins explained that, “there was no bus to convey the team to the stadium, and when one eventually came, it drove the delegation in a circle round Tunis and they got to the stadium at 4pm, to be told by the Ethiopian match officials that they had been walked over”.
The team will have to wait for the decision by CAF after putting on hold their earlier scheduled return from Tunisia at 2.30 pm on Tuesday, March 17.