.Photo: The line up of Racing De Bobo FC of Burkina Faso during the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup in Bobo Dioulasso two weeks ago. Photo: Courtesy of Wolves’ Media Officer, Moses Etu. –
Preparations being put in place by RC Bobo Dioulasso of Burkina Faso ahead of Saturday’s return leg of their CAF Confederation Cup clash against Nigeria’s Warri Wolves FC suffered a minor setback Friday afternoon, as the Arik Air conveying the team from Lagos was unable to land in Warri, Delta State, eyeonthesports.com reports.
This online newspaper gathered that the Arik flight, which departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos at about 3pm on Friday, 27 February, could not land as scheduled at about 4pm at the Warri Airport due to bad weather in Delta State.
There was poor visibility at the Warri Airport due to heavy downpour during the period.
Secretary of Warri Wolves FC, Lawrence Omowho, who confirmed the development to eyeonthesports.com, revealed that the flight, which had a full playing staff of 16 players and 8 Officials of Racing Club de Bobo Dioulasso from Burkina Faso, was forced to return to Lagos due to poor weather condition in Warri.
According to Omowho, “an advanced party of the Burkinabe club who jetted in earlier this week were already in Warri waiting to receive their players”.
Unfortunately, the players, who arrived in Lagos a day earlier could not join their compatriots on Friday due to flight hitches.
“Warri Wolves officials were in Lagos to welcome FC Bobo players when they arrived from Burkina Faso. They passed a night in Lagos, where we took very good care of them, and ensured they boarded a flight straight to Warri on Friday. But, our men who were at the Warri Airport waiting to receive the visitors were told that the flight could not land and had to return to Lagos”, Omwho told eyeonthesports.com.
He however added that the Burkinabes would now travel to Warri in a re-scheduled Arik Air flight at 7am on Saturday, 28 February from Lagos.
Eyeonthsports.com further gathered that Match Commissioner from Cameroon, referees from Senegal and other officials have since arrived in the oil rich State and ready for Saturday’s match.
Warri Wolves defeated RC Bobo by a lone goal in the first round, first leg match played in Burkina Faso two weeks ago, courtesy of a brilliant strike by Abu Azeez.
Interestingly, Nigeria’s representative in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup, Warri Wolves, who need just a draw to advance to the next stage of the continental tournament, have their own challenges ahead of Saturday’s second leg encounter.
This week, the players downed tools due to bonus rows and only called off the strike Wednesday evening after reaching an amicable settlement with the Warri Wolves management.