Enyimba’s Hope Hangs In The Balance

.As CAF Disqualifies Setif From Champions League –

The hope of Nigerian Champions Enyimba International Football Club of Aba, reaching the semi final of the 2016 Confederation Of African Football (CAF) Champions league is now hanging in the balance following the disqualification of Algeria’s Entente Setif for crowd trouble.

Enyimba Nigeria’s flag bearers who have won the Champions League twice, lost their opening Group B match at home to Zamalek of Egypt.

And, now with the exit of Serif, each club in the group automatically loses six points, and grabbing enough points to qualify from the group will be tighter as it will be a three-horse race for the knock out stage of Africa’s most prestigious clubs competition.

Enyimba are now condemned to beat Zamalek during their away game in Egypy and must win at least a game in the two-legged matches against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

Below is an official statement from CAF:

“Following the regrettable incidents that took place during match No.98 of the 2016 edition of CAF Champions League between ES Setif of Algeria and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, whereby the referee was obliged to abandon the said match before its end.”

“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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