Nigeria looks set to be ridiculed yet again in the comity of football countries as the country’s sole candidate left in the CAF Confederation Cup, Warri Wolves, risked being walked over in this weekend’s second leg tie against Dedebit Football club of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.
Nigeria hugged the headlines on the continent for all the wrong reasons recently when the other Nigeria campaigners, Dolphins FC, were kicked out of the CAF Confederation Cup owing to glitches around their travel arrangements to Tunisia to face their opponents.
In the same manner, Warri Wolves, who are meant to play their second leg on Sunday April 5, are in the dark if they will eventually make the crucial trip as the Delta state government, financiers of the Premier League side, are yet to make available funds even for the purchase of travel tickets for the team let alone other logistics.
Interestingly, Warri Wolves recorded a good result in the first leg where they defeated Dedebit FC 2-0 in Warri.
“We are at a crossroads presently and we don’t know want to do, this competition is quite important and it should be treated as such,” one of the Warri Wolves players, eager to see his team move to the next phase of the CAF competition, told PREMIUM TIMES.
With the dark clouds hanging over Warri Wolves traveling to Ethiopia, many fear the jinx plaguing Nigerian teams in the CAF Confederation Cup, which has not seen any team from the country win it in its present format, may linger on.